Benedict Cumberbatch Will Be So-Called Fifth Beatle

October 31, 2012


After The Hobbit films and Star Trek Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch is moving on to a subject slightly less likely to inspire cosplay: Brian Epstein, the late Beatles manager of whom Paul McCartney once said, "If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian."

THR reports Cumberbatch will star as the man in a new biopic, reteaming with his frequent Sherlock director Paul McGuigan. Though Epstein had a close relationship with The Beatles, the Todd Graff script is said to avoid using Epstein as a lens to see the band, instead telling Epstein's own, decidedly less glamorous story: he was forced to hide his then-illegal homosexuality from the world, and had real problems with gambling and drugs--the latter of which would lead to his death at only 32. So there probably will not be an extended Hard Day's Night montage that adds Sherlock as a fifth character hilariously fleeing a legion of fans. Do not expect a funny, peripheral Beatles movie. Don't make the mistake so many did with Caveman.

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