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Trailer for NOWHERE BOY, a biopic of a young John Lennon

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
October 28th, 2009


Biopics can be hard to pull off for filmmakers and actors, and an even harder pill to swallow for audiences. Bottling someone's life into semi-fiction when it has been well-documented is difficult enough, but if that person was of iconic status then it's even harder still. Yes, good ones exist (WALK THE LINE, I'M NOT THERE, THE AVIATOR) but they are few and far between, leaving most films of a biographic nature feeling like they belong on the Lifetime channel.

So, with what said, how does one capture a man that has been, and will continue to be, a symbol for generations? A poet, a weapon for peace, and of course one of the most prolific musicians, both solo and ensemble, this world will ever see. That man is John Lennon. The film about his life is NOWHERE BOY.

But NOWHERE BOY takes a different approach to explore the life of Lennon, in that it focuses on his boyhood years as "a spirited teenager, curious, sharp and funny, growing up in the war shattered city of Liverpool in dreary post-war Britain." I, for one, am intrigued, as this is a side of the man not many know. We know who he became, now we shall get a glimpse at how he came to be.

Check out the must-see trailer after the jump!

NOWHERE BOY, directed by Sam Taylor Wood, stars Aaron Johnson (KICK ASS) as the future Beatle, Thomas Sangster (the once-adorable little boy from LOVE ACTUALLY, now grown up) as a young Paul McCartney, Sam Bell as a young George Harrison, and Kristin Scott Thomas as young Lennon's maternal aunt and parental guardian. The film was written by screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh, who is responsible for penning maybe my favorite biopic of a musician - that being CONTROL, a film about Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

No word yet on when/if the film will jump across the pond into U.S. cinemas but I can't imagine it not.

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