Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, who most recently found fame within the astronomically successful Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, has been slated to play The Beatles manager Brian Epstein in a brand new film.
The Daily Mail first reported that Fortune-Lloyd, who played the journalist Townes in the Netflix mega-hit, will take on the layered and complex role of Epstein in the biopic Midas Man, directed by Jonas Akerlund.
The new film is an unofficial biopic of the later manager and will reflect on a storied life. It will note Epstein’s imposing role in making The Beatles the biggest band on the planet, managing them from 1962 as well as the massive impact of his death in 1967.
The Beatles were not the only band under Epstein’s guidance. He also managed Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas, sadly passing away at the young age of 32 following an accidental drug overdose.
Filming will begin later this year and will aptly take place at Twickenham Studios as well as in London, Liverpool and America.
Taking on the film will be director Jonas Akerlund, who is more widely known for his role in achieving Madonna a Grammy for the music video for her song ‘Ray of Light’. Akerlund has also worked with artists such as Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and The Prodigy.