Filming is set to start on The Fifth Beatle, a biopic about Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Based on the graphic novel on the same name by Vivek J. Tiwary, the film is set to be directed by Peyton Reed (Yes Man, The Break-Up). Casting for the role of Epstein is set to begin soon.
One of the many, many people to be given the “fifth Beatle” designation, Brian Epstein became the Beatles’ manager after seeing them perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in 1961. It was Epstein who convinced the band to abandon their greased-hair, leather-jacket-wearing rocker look in favor of the moptops and suits that would make them famous. Epstein kept busy throughout the British Invasion, booking tours for Cream and The Who while keeping the Fab Four afloat at the height of Beatlemania. Epstein passed away in 1967 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills; there is still some debate over whether Epstein’s death was an accident or if he had committed suicide. (Tiwary, for his part, asserts in both his book and in interviews that Epstein’s death was an accident.)
The Fifth Beatle is also making history as it will be the first film about the Beatles to use songs from the Lennon-McCartney catalog.