'Yesterday' Is The Beatles Movie We Never Saw Coming
What if you woke up one day and some of the greatest, most popular art ever made had disappeared, leaving only you remembering it? Wouldn't it be super tempting to go ahead and put that art out into the world and claim it as your own? That's the question asked by Danny Boyle's Yesterday, in which a young man becomes the only person on earth to remember The Beatles.
Written by Richard Curtis, the British king of high-concept plots, Yesterday stars Himesh Patel as the singer-songwriter who stumbles into a new world in which John, Paul, George, and Ringo never... met? Existed? It's unclear right now. He decides to kick off a songwriting career, rejigging the Beatles repertoire and passing it off as his own work, becoming hugely famous (and friends with Ed Sheeran) in the process.
Patel will be a relatively new face for people who haven't watched him in nearly 600 episodes of the British soap opera EastEnders, but as someone who grew up in a household that screeched to a standstill every weeknight at 6 pm for that cursed show, I can say kid's got the goods. This movie doesn't need established star power; Boyle and Curtis have enough moviemaking clout between them to get just about any project off the ground. What's more, God knows how much the rights to all those songs cost.
Yesterday co-stars Lily James, Kate Mckinnon, and, yes, Game of Thrones cameo-doer himself Ed Sheeran. It'll be out on 28 June.