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Will Johnny Depp Star In Beatles Biopic?

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Johnny Depp The Beatles longest cocktail party biopic film

They're the greatest pop/rock band in music history, yet somehow there haven't been a whole lot of films about The Beatles. No, Across the Universe does not count.

But that's about to change as Michael Winterbottom takes the helm of The Longest Cocktail Party. The film, which is based on the Richard DiLello book, showcases the most crucial moments in the band's career between 1967 and 1970.

Michael is also set to produce it with Andrew Eaton. But the whole project was given birth by the original producer and Oasis front-man Liam Gallagher. It was his idea to turn the book into a movie, and it is also his idea to cast Johnny Depp as Derek Taylor, the band's publicist.

Unfortunately, Andrew is feeling some creative differences there. He's not sure Johnny would be the best fit for the role, saying:

Johnny in a way would be great. But the trouble is, Derek Taylor, who’s the main character, who’s the press officer, he’s from Liverpool, and he’s probably 32 or 33 in the story, whereas Johnny Depp is 48 or something, and American, so it’s more than just the age gap. There are other parts he could do, but whether he could be Derek. … I don’t know.

Okay, well first of all, who cares if he's American?!?! Have you never seen the man act? He can be British any day of the week.

And second, the age difference, okay. We can kind of get that (though we're sure the right make-up could alleviate the problem), but having Johnny aboard would be a marvelous thing for the film.

Fusing one of the greatest bands with one of the greatest actors? Come on, no brainer!

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9 comments to “Will Johnny Depp Star In Beatles Biopic?”

  1. 1

    Aren't their any other fucking actors in Hollywood…..The man is a good actor…But stop putting him in every fucking movie……..Thanks……..

  2. 2

    Is Johnny Depp the ONLY actor in hollywood or something!? 0_o
    Please choose some new meat/different actor.

  3. 3

    insulting asshat, beatles were never a freaking POP band.

  4. 4

    Re: raypearson – He said pop/ rock, which in the early days for them, would be an accurate term. They infused many styles in their music throughout the times, but if you don't see that they started as a Pop band to begin with, you must not have a full grasp on the term. They differed from today's pop, but the term has been around much longer than Britney Spears or the Backstreet boys have.

  5. 5

    I just don't get a Derek Taylor vibe from Johnny Depp.

  6. @v@ says – reply to this


    Depp doesn't need selling. There are a hundred movies he could do. Mr. Eaton has to go with what's right for their biopic vision. The Beatles were The Beatles were The Beatles.

  7. 7

    I don't think this project would be important enough to warrant Johnny Depp's consideration. Maybe they should look for an unknown actor; someone who would be grateful for such a minor vehicle, which might get him into the public eye, even though in a small way.

  8. 8

    Re: HumiliatedGrape – True. [I feel so annoying for agreeing with your opinions! but you're right haha]
    I also wouldn't want Johnny to take a part in this movie. Don't really know why, I don't think he fits. They should find someone else for this role.

  9. 9

    Though I certainly wouldn't consider this is an "unimportant" project, I don't think Johnny Depp would be a good fit. The audience for this film would be die hard Beatles fans, and I know that I personally would feel major Hollywood players would actually cheapen the experience for us. I think this film needs to be cast with people who have strong resemblence and an emotional connection to these people. Us Beatles fans want to "feel" this movie…I've been waiting a long time for something like this to be made.