Nicholas Hoult has clearly developed a taste for the British music industry. Fresh off his role in Owen Harris’ dark and seedy drama Kill Your Friends, the actor is reportedly in contention to topline Brian Epstein biopic A Life In The Day.
Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Hoult is circling the in-development feature along with Jack O’Connell. No deal is in place at the time of going to press, though the outlet states that the Mad Max: Fury Road actor is in line to portray Epstein, while O’Connell is on the verge of playing the flawed, yet brilliant John Lennon.
For the uninitiated, before his untimely death in 1967, Brian Epstein unknowingly wrote himself into the history books when he discovered and managed a small British upstart band called the Beatles. Fanning their success all the way to superstardom, the manager took charge of the über-popular rock group between 1961-1967, when he died of a drug overdose at only 32.
At the crux of the story, though, is Epstein and Lennon. As recent as this week, the latter’s surviving wife, Yoko Ono, touched upon the pair’s intimate relationship, even going so far as to suggest that they had an affair together. “It was almost a love affair, but not quite.” Ono revealed. “It was never consummated. But it was a pretty intense relationship.”
Whatever the case, it’ll certainly lend both Hoult and O’Connell with plenty of dramatic material to marinate over. A Life in the Day has set up shop at Permut Presentations under David Permut, with Dylan Sellers’ Rivers Edge Films also attached to produce. Tulip Fever‘s Justin Chadwick is line to direct.