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Emily Watson looks solemn as she dresses all in black and dons purple hairnet to film Midas Man

Emily Watson cuts a solemn figure while Jacob Fortune Lloyd transforms into Beatles manager Brian Epstein for Midas Man movie


Emily Watson cut a solemn figure as she filmed scenes for Midas Man with Jacob Fortune Lloyd in Liverpool on Thursday.

The actress, 54, could be seen embracing Jacob Fortune Lloyd, 33, as she was dressed all in black other than a purple hairnet.

Jacob wore a black suit with matching tie with a crisp white shirt as the pair acted out emotional scenes on location for the film which tells the story of visionary music manager Brian Epstein.

Emotional scenes: Emily Watson, 54, looked solemn as she filmed scenes for Midas Man while dressed in black with a purple hairnet with Jacob Fortune Lloyd, 33, in Liverpool on Thursday

The music executive, who managed the Beatles from 1962 until his death in 1967, is portrayed by Jacob in the upcoming flick, while Emily plays his mother Malka ‘Queenie’ Epstein.

The Jonas Akerlund-directed project is written by Jonathan Wakeham and is based on a story by Brigit Grant.

The plot follows Brian’s life as he rose to fame after discovering acts such as The Beatles, Cilla Black, and Gerry and The Pacemakers before his tragic death from an overdose at the age of 32. 

Making history: Jacob was dressed all in black while on location for the film which tells the story of visionary music manager Brian Epstein

Making history: Jacob was dressed all in black while on location for the film which tells the story of visionary music manager Brian Epstein

Fab five: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Brian Epstein in July 1964

Fab five: The Beatles stars Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison are seen with manager Brian Epstein in July 1964

Other cast members include Eddie Marsan who plays Brian’s father and successful businessman Harry, while It’s A Sin star Omari Douglas will appear as Lonnie Trimble, Brian’s confidant and friend.

The films synopsis states it’s a ‘definitive cinematic telling of Brian’s dazzling and tumultuous life which saw him shoot to fame at the tender age of 25 but ended in tragedy at the age of 32. 

‘The film will highlight his unparalleled influence on pop music, and its colossal impact worldwide which will touch audiences with Brian’s heartfelt story.’

Seeing double: Jacob is taking on the role of the music executive

Seeing double: Jacob managed the Beatles from 1962 until his death in 1967

Seeing double: Jacob is taking on the role of the music executive, who managed the Beatles from 1962 until his death in 1967

Star power: Emily plays The Beatles' manager's mother Malka 'Queenie' Epstein in the flick

Star power: Emily plays The Beatles’ manager’s mother Malka ‘Queenie’ Epstein in the flick

Famous friends: The plot follows Brian's life as he rose to fame after discovering acts such as The Beatles, Cilla Black, and Gerry and The Pacemakers

Famous friends: The plot follows Brian’s life as he rose to fame after discovering acts such as The Beatles, Cilla Black, and Gerry and The Pacemakers

Director Jonas previously said of the project in a statement: ‘Brian’s family meant so much to him. I’m thrilled to have such incredible talent taking on the roles of Queenie, Harry and Lonnie. I think Brian would be smiling on our casting today.

The feature is being made by Trevor Beattie films, with owner Trevor adding: ‘Brian was a singular individual, but he was shaped by those closest to him, his beloved mother and father, Harry and Queenie and his trusted right hand man, Lonnie. 

‘The casting of these roles is vital to our story. To have secured the gigantic talents of Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan and Omari Douglas to play them is a dream come true.

Untimely death: Jacob's character Brian unfortunately died at the age of 32 following an overdose

Untimely death: Jacob’s character Brian unfortunately died at the age of 32 following an overdose

Ready to roll: Jacob could be seen stepping into a white Rolls Royce as the cast and crew worked on location

Ready to roll: Jacob could be seen stepping into a white Rolls Royce as the cast and crew worked on location

‘It’s a reflection both on the love and respect creative people still have for Brian Epstein and a salute to the skills and reputation of our director Jonas Åkerlund. 

‘Jonas has brought Eppy’s family back to life. It’s a wonderful thing. And we can’t wait to get started.’

The film, which began shooting this month, is set for release in 2022. 

Silver screen: The Jonas Akerlund-directed project, which is written by Jonathan Wakeham and based on a story by Brigit Grant, is set for release next year

Silver screen: The Jonas Akerlund-directed project, which is written by Jonathan Wakeham and based on a story by Brigit Grant, is set for release next year

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