Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Johnny Depp role in Beatles film?

Liam Gallagher wanted Johnny Depp in the film about Apple Records

Johnny Depp is unlikely to take the lead role in The Longest Cocktail Party, the film about the founding of the Beatles' record company Apple Records, but there could be another part for the A-lister.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who is backing the movie, had wanted the Pirates Of The Caribbean star to play publicist Derek Taylor in the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of Richard DiLello's book, but producer Andrew Eaton had his doubts.

"Johnny in a way would be great, but the trouble is, Derek Taylor, who's the main character, is 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," he told The Playlist.

"There are other parts he could do, but whether he could be Derek...I don't know," he added.

Michael Winterbottom is thought to be directing the film, written by Peep Show and Fresh Meat's Jesse Armstrong, which tracks and the tempestuous recording of the band's final album Let It Be.

"We're developing for Michael to direct, it's one of my passion projects," Andrew added.

The producer also admitted that Liam is keen for the project to start moving as soon as possible.

"Liam's great to work with, because he wants everything to happen tomorrow," he said.

"Because he's not from the film business, he's basically going 'Why can't we do it right now?' It's very inspiring."

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