It’s one thing to say that The Weinstein Company has picked up North American rights to Nowhere Boy, the story of John Lennon’s early days. That’s an interesting story from a business perspective — while not a surprising move it’s probably not one that folks actually interested in seeing the film are very keen on — but I have a feeling it’s not a big deal to most of you.
It’s another thing entirely to say we know who’s playing young John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Those actors are Aaron Johnson (Lennon) and Liam Neeson’s Love, Actually son Thomas Sangster (McCarney). We knew previously that Kristen Scott Thomas would be on hand as Mimi, the aunt who raised Lennon during most of his youth.
Control‘s Matt Greenhalgh penned the script which, even as you read this, is being directed by feature newcomer Sam Taylor-Wood. David Morrissey and Anne-Marie Duff are also in the cast.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey