While a lot of recent talk revolving around director Danny Boyle has been in relation to his upcoming work on Bond 25, he’s got another film in the works prior to that, and he may have an unusual name lined up to star. Deadline reports that Ed Sheeran is in talks to star in Boyle’s upcoming Beatles-themed musical comedy.
Little is known about the film apart from that the script has been written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), though some reports suggest that the plot revolves around a man who wakes up one day to discover that he’s the only person in the world who remembers the songs of The Beatles.
Sources say Sheeran will appear on screen and write new music for the film, which will also naturally include Beatles songs, though it hasn’t been confirmed yet whether Sheeran will indeed be contributing to the soundtrack, if he signs on.
Sheeran has had a few acting roles over the past few years, appearing in the FX series The Bastard Executioner and making a highly publicised cameo in Game Of Thrones. He’s also contributed songs to the soundtrack of several movies, including writing and performing an original song, ‘I See Fire’, for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
A lot of this is unconfirmed, but a Beatles-themed musical starring Sheeran would certainly be something audiences would be interested in, so let’s hope it’s true. We do know that Lily James (Baby Driver) has already signed on for a lead role, along with Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon who are in talks for a place in the ensemble.
Filming is due to begin this summer, and there is little wiggle room considering Boyle is scheduled to direct Bond 25 at the end of the year. We’ll see what happens with these talks with Sheeran, but fingers are crossed.