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The Beatles were formed in 1960, which means their 50th anniversary is approaching -- and Hollywood is full of birthday plans. No fewer than four Beatles-centric movies have been announced for the coming year, most of them centered around John Lennon. Considering the current popularity of the Fab Four, even among the younger Rock Band-playing generation, we wouldn't be surprised if more mop-topped movies are on the way. But here's the list so far:
The story of John Lennon's tumultuous teen years, mainly the strange dynamics of his family (he was raised by a conservative aunt and estranged from his flighty mother) and the formation of the Beatles. Kristin Scott Thomas as Lennon's aunt is the headliner; young actor Aaron Johnson plays John, while Love Actually's adorable Thomas Sangster is Paul. The movie comes out on Christmas in the UK; watch the trailer here.
A remake of the 1968 animated Beatles film. Director Robert Zemeckis will be directing, using 3D motion-capture animation. He's mentioned that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr may actually play themselves, and he's held open auditions for the other roles. Actor Gabe Sunday is a strong candidate to play Lennon; you can watch his audition tape here.
A biopic being made for the BBC, which will focus on the time period between John meeting Yoko and the Beatles ending. Christopher Eccleston, an excellent actor recently seen on Heroes and in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, is set to play Lennon.
The directorial debut of My Name is Earl's Jason Lee. This one's a comic fantasy about "two music-obsessed friends who time travel to 1966 London, where one gets caught in a love triangle with John Lennon and Yoko Ono." Just announced, so no word on casting yet -- but we're dying to know who's playing Yoko.
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