Yesterday movie: Beatles film trailer, release date, cast and soundtrack revealed

18 June 2019, 11:10

By Sofia Rizzi

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.

  1. Yesterday release date - when will the film be in cinemas?

    The film will be released in the UK this summer, on June 28, 2019.

  2. Yesterday cast: Who will star in the film?

    The film boasts a celebrity cast led by Himesh Patel (Eastenders) and Lily James (Downton Abbey).

    Read more: Who is Himesh Patel and does he really sing in Yesterday?

    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

  3. Yesterday plot: what is it all about?

    'Yesterday'
    A struggling musician realises he's the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles and their music. Picture: Working Title / Universal

    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.

  4. Who has directed the film?

    James Corden and Himesh Patel in 'Yesterday'
    James Corden and Himesh Patel in 'Yesterday'. Picture: Working Title / Universal

    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.”

  5. Yesterday soundtrack: Will it use music by The Beatles?

    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: