Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit) to star as Brian Epstein in “Midas Man”

16.04.2021
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  • DIRECTED BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER JONAS ÅKERLUND

  • STUDIOPOW and TREVOR BEATTIE FILMS TO PRODUCE

StudioPOW and Trevor Beattie Films today announce that The Queen’s Gambit break-out star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (Wolf Hall, Medici) will play the lead role of Brian Epstein in MIDAS MAN, the first feature film to tell the extraordinary true story of the visionary music manager and impresario.

MIDAS MAN will be directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker JONAS ÅKERLUND (Polar, Lords of Chaos), and multiple-Grammy winning music director (PAUL MCCARTNEY, MADONNA, BEYONCE, LADY GAGA, U2, THE ROLLING STONES and OZZY OSBOURNE and many others). Steeped both in music and film culture, Åkerlund is uniquely placed to bring this outstanding and human story to life. Åkerlund will also have creative input on the film’s iconic soundtrack.

Charting Brian Epstein’s (AKA Eppy) role in the cultural revolution and creative explosion of the 1960s, the film will highlight his unparalleled yet often unheralded influence on pop music, and its colossal impact worldwide.

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd dazzled international audiences with his portrayal of chess prodigy-turned-journalist, Townes, starring alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in Netflix’s worldwide hit series The Queen’s Gambit. The rising British actor also starred in the BBC’s storied adaptation of Wolf Hall and Capri Award-winning historical drama series Medici. His film credits include Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker and Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House alongside Gillian Anderson and Glenn Close. Fortune-Lloyd has also performed on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Oxford educated actor trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

BRIAN EPSTEIN – Star Maker Extraordinaire – took the music industry by storm at the tender age of 25. What followed was a dazzling, tumultuous and ultimately tragically short career which saw him discover and guide to stratospheric fame a series of acts, from THE BEATLES and GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS to BILLY J KRAMER and CILLA BLACK. He opened his own theatre in order to promote and launch the likes of JIMI HENDRIX, THE WHO, CREAM and PINK FLOYD many of whom performed on the same bill

MIDAS MAN is an emotional, witty, honest portrait of the joy of success conflicted with inner personal heartache and unfulfilled desire. This is the first big-screen telling of the story of the man from Liverpool with the Midas touch, whose influence on popular music and culture resounds to this day.

Jonas Åkerlund said: “It is a tall order to fill Brian’s shoes, and Jacob is the perfect performer. He is charismatic and dark at the same time, balancing that emotional range where you’re not sure if you’re in love with him or terribly empathetic with the inner turmoil of his character. No one could bring Brian to life better.”

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd said: “It’s a huge privilege to play Brian Epstein, a man who made such an important and lasting cultural impact, but who struggled to find a secure place in a world he helped to shape. He was a fascinating person with great talent, ambition, and courage, and I’m so honoured to be given the opportunity to represent him. Jonas is the perfect person to bring this story to life, his work is visually stunning, visceral, and bold. I can’t wait to start working together.”

MIDAS MAN is produced by KEVIN PROCTOR and PERRY TREVERS at StudioPOW (Funny Cow, Cordelia) and TREVOR BEATTIE and JEREMY CHATTERTON at TREVOR BEATTIE FILMS (Moon, Attacking The Devil, Nureyev, Spitfire) and PETER DUNNE and MARK BORKOWSKI are executive producers. TWICKENHAM STUDIOS Chairman and co-owner SUNNY VOHRA and Managing Partner JEREMY RAINBIRD will also serve as executive producers. MIDAS MAN is being produced in association with ER DONG PICTURES who will also be distributing the film in Greater China.

StudioPOW’s Perry Trevers stated: “Brian Epstein was a man of immense charm; good looking, he was adored by men and women equally. Despite heavy workloads, high expectations and constant pressure, his staff that worked along side him showed a loyalty and a love for Brian that endures to this day. Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is one of those rare actors who has both great acting ability and film star quality. He has that difficult to define charisma, that simply leaps off the screen. Those qualities will be vital in portraying the remarkable Brian Epstein.”

Trevor Beattie said: ‘We’ve found our Eppy and I couldn’t be happier. Jacob is a class act. A next generation star. He has the intellect, charm and the acting chops to bring Brian Epstein back to life and place him where he always wanted to be: on the movie screen. And I think Eppy would approve of being portrayed by such a dashing dapper chap.”

This original screenplay is based on a screen story by Brigit Grant and written by JONATHAN WAKEHAM (Misanthrope). The casting director is DAN HUBBARD CDG CSA (Bourne Ultimatum, Wrath of Man, Captain Phillips, Damned United).

Worldwide sales for MIDAS MAN will be managed by MISTER SMITH ENTERTAINMENT whose founder DAVID GARRETT will spearhead the global sales campaign.

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is represented worldwide by Alex Irwin at Markham Froggatt & Irwin.

Jonathan Wakeham is represented by Humphrey Elles-Hill at Independent Talent.

MIDAS MAN will be filming at Twickenham Studios and on location in London, Liverpool and the US.

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