Jay Leno to star Ed Sullivan in Beatles Manager movie “Midas Man” – deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Jay Leno is set to make a rare appearance in Midas man – the movie about Beatles manager Brian Epstein – playing another famous TV personality: Ed Sullivan.
The old one Tonight show the host last appeared in a live-action movie as a character other than himself in the ’90s. However, he has voiced a number of animation and small screen roles include ABC Last man standing.
man from midas, currently in production, stars The Queen’s Gambit‘s Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as the late Beatles manager. The project traces Epstein’s role in the creative explosion of the 1960s and his considerable influence on pop music.
The Fab Four have made several appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, including three in February 1964 which were among their first appearances to an American audience. Their first appearance, on February 9, was seen by 73 million viewers, a record at the time, and became a cultural turning point that helped launch American Beatlemania as well as the wider British invasion.
The Ed Sullivan Show, which aired from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, was the longest-running variety show in U.S. broadcast history.
As we revealed last week, man from midas is back in pre-production after a forced hiatus as producers sought a replacement for director Jonas Akerlund. Sara Sugarman (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen) is new on board to lead.
Co-starring are Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Lukas Gage, Rosie Day and Bill Milner.
Filming began last month in Liverpool but had to be suspended for three weeks. The plan is to restart filming at the end of this month, with production moving to the United States early next year.
man from midas is produced by StudioPow and Trevor Beattie Films. Twickenham Studios chairman Sunny Vohra and former Lionsgate UK chairman Nicola Pearcey are among the executive producers. It is produced in association with Er Dong Pictures, which is due to distribute the film in China. Mister Smith manages global sales and has signed a handful of international contracts. The original screenplay is based on a script by Brigit Grant and written by Jonathan Wakeham.
Leno is replaced by ICM.