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‘Queen’s Gambit’ star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd to play Brian Epstein – Deadline

The queen’s gambit Jacob Fortune-Lloyd to play Beatles manager Brian Epstein in biopic Midas man.

As previously announced, renowned filmmaker and music director Jonas Akerlund (Lords of chaos) conducts and will have an entry on the soundtrack.

The film will retrace the role of Epstein (aka Eppy) in the Cultural Revolution and the creative explosion of the 1960s, as well as his considerable but often unannounced influence on pop music, and his colossal impact around the world.

Filming will take place at Twickenham Studios and on-site in London, Liverpool and US dates have yet to be revealed.

The booming British actor Fortune-Lloyd, whose credits also include Wolves room and Medici, played chess prodigy-turned-journalist Townes, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy, in the hit Netflix series The queen’s gambit.

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The film is produced by Kevin Proctor and Perry Trevers at StudioPOW (Funny cow) and Trevor Beattie and Jeremy Chatterton at Trevor Beattie Films (Moon). Peter Dunne and Mark Borkowski are executive producers. Twickenham Studios president Sunny Vohra and his managing partner Jeremy Rainbird will also be executive producers. The film is produced in association with Er Dong Pictures which will also distribute the film in Greater China.

A new addition to the film’s production group as executive producer is ex-Lionsgate UK & Europe chairman Nicola Pearcey of new banner Picnik Entertainment, who is partnering with Studiopow on their catalog of films and television.

Mr. Smith manages global sales. The original screenplay is based on a script by Brigit Grant and written by Jonathan Wakeham (Misanthrope). The casting director is Dan Hubbard.

Akerlund said: “It’s a daunting task to fill Brian’s shoes, and Jacob is the perfect performer. He’s charismatic and dark at the same time, balancing that emotional range where you don’t know if you’re in love with him or terribly empathetic with his character’s inner turmoil. No one could better bring Brian to life.

Fortune-Lloyd added: “It is an immense privilege to play Brian Epstein, a man who made such a significant and lasting cultural impact, but who struggled to find a safe place in a world he contributed. to shape. He was a fascinating person with a lot of talent, ambition and courage, and I am very honored to have the opportunity to represent him. Jonas is the perfect person to bring this story to life, his work is visually stunning, visceral and daring. I can’t wait to start working together. “

Fortune-Lloyd is represented worldwide by Alex Irwin at Markham Froggatt & Irwin. Jonathan Wakeham is represented by Humphrey Elles-Hill at Independent Talent. The Daily Mail was the first to know about the news.

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