Midas Man, the upcoming British film about the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, has added a trio of new cast members.
Emily Watson and Eddie Marsan will play Epstein’s parents, while Omari Douglas – one of the breakout stars of Russell T Davies’ It’s a Sin – will portray Epstein’s friend and confidant Lonnie Trimble.
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit, Wolf Hall) has already been cast as Epstein, an entrepreneur from Liverpool who played a vital role in the rise of the Beatles. Epstein managed the band from 1962 until his tragic death in 1967 from an accidental drug overdose. He also helped to launch the careers of fellow Liverpool chart acts of the era Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
The film is being directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who has previously directed music videos for Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé, as well as the heavy metal-themed movie Lords of Chaos.
There’s no word yet, however, on who might portray Beatles members Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in the movie.