Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Beatles Manager
Benedict Cumberbatch, Brian Epstein.
Benedict Cumberbatch must really get along with his boss. The main director of the television series, Sherlock, Paul McGuigan, is now working on a biopic about Brian Epstein, the man widely known as the fifth Beatle, and his brought his star, Cumberbatch, along for the ride.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Epstein signed the band in 1961 -- before Beatlemania hit -- and died in 1967 from an accidental drug overdose. He was a closet homosexual and suffered from gambling and drug addictions -- and was many times the glue that held the band together. The producers describe the project as the story of “the man who threw the biggest party of the 1960s but ultimately forgot to invite himself.” UTA is arranging the financing and will represent the film for sale.
No word yet on what they'll call the movie, although the title The Fifth Beatle is apparently already taken - another Brian Epstein movie is also in the making. Why does this always happen?