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The Beatles film 'Yesterday' is set for release in 2019 - here's everything you need to know about the trailer, cast and music of Danny Boyle's latest film.
Imagine a world where The Beatles never existed, but one man remembers all of their music.
That's the basis of Yesterday, the new comedy-drama by director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) and screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love Actually).
From the hilarious the stellar cast and celebrity appearances to The Beatles music, here's everything you need to know.
The film will be released in the UK this summer, on June 28, 2019.
The film boasts a celebrity cast led by Himesh Patel (Eastenders) and Lily James (Downton Abbey).
Ed Sheeran will also play himself in the film in a major role, while James Corden has a cameo, also as himself.
The main cast list is as follows:
Himesh Patel - singer Jack Malik
Lily James - Ellie, Jack's childhood friend and first manager
Kate McKinnon - Mandi, Ed and Jack's manager
Meera Syal - Jack's mother
Sanjeev Bhaskar - Jack's father
Joel Fry - Rocky, Jack's friend and roadie
Ellise Chappell - Ellie's flatmate
Harry Michell - Nick, Jack's friend
Sophia di Martino - Carol, Jack's friend
Alexander Arnold - Gavin, record producer
Sarah Lancashire - Liz
James Corden - himself
Ed Sheeran - himself
The film's poster concisely summarises the plot in three sentences:
"Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles.
"Today, only Jack remembers their songs.
"He's about to become a very big deal."
The film follows struggling singer-songwriter Jack, who is unable to catch his big break. He's adored by his childhood friend Ellie, who also helps out as his part-time manager.
Jack then gets hit by a bus during a worldwide blackout. He wakes up from the accident and finds himself in a world where nobody has heard of The Beatles.
He then steals their songs and finds international success, but soon has a load of obstacles thrown his way.
The renowned British film director Danny Boyle is directing the film, with the screenplay by rom-com genius Richard Curtis.
The original story was written by author Jack Barth.
“Once I got involved, I wrote letters to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and the two widows, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, respectfully laying out what I intended to do with the film,” Boyle told Billboard.
“There’s obviously going to be nerves that somebody could be triggered or upset. But I got really lovely letters from Ringo and Olivia. I can’t talk about it except to say it was very special for me.”
From the trailer we can see that leading man Jack (Himesh Patel) sings a number of Beatles classics, including 'Yesterday', 'Hey Jude', 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' and ‘Let It Be’.
The official soundtrack will have 27 songs in total, but only a few have been confirmed so far: 'Something' and 'Yesterday'.
Daniel Pemberton has also written the film's score, which will have a few nods to Beatles material.
Listen to 'Something' below: