John Lennon biopic finds a cast
The John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, scheduled for release in 2010, has found its cast, according to reports. Lennon will be played by British teenager Aaron Johnson, who is perhaps a bit too handsome to play Lennon but apparently impressed producers.
Johnson's previous roles of note include a turn as Charlie Chaplin in Shanghai Knights and the younger Ed Norton for The Illusionist. Anne-Marie Duff (wife of actor James McAvoy) will play Lennon's mother Julia, and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas has been cast as Lennon's Aunt Mimi
The biopic will follow Lennon from birth to Liverpool in the '50s as he's about to form the Quarrymen. No word yet if it will progress past that point. The script is based on his sister Julia Baird's cleverly named memoir The Private John Lennon: The Untold Story From His Sister.
In Baird's memoir, the impact that the death of Lennon's mother had on him is emphasized so the chemistry between Johnson and Duff will be crucial to the biopic. Several of Lennon's songs were written about the loss of his mother, including the aptly titled "Mother."
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