Being a huge fan of The Beatles and John Lennon, Nowhere Boy is a film I've been looking forward to since I first heard it was getting made. Now we have our first look at the poster for the film, and photos of actor Aaron Johnson as the young John Lennon. If the name Aaron Johnson sounds familiar, that's because it is the same kid who stars as the title character in the comic book film Kick-Ass, that I wont shut up about.
John Lennon is an ordinary 15 year old boy on the streets of Liverpool. Funny, smart, naughty, a real edge to him. But life is not simple for John - he grew up in a family of secrets and was raised by his Aunt Mimi from the age of five. When he is suddenly reacquainted with his mother, Julia, they form an unbreakable bond. A bitter war rages between the two sisters for John's love. Faced with bringing it to an end, he learns the secret heartbreak of his past. But his mother gives him one great gift - music. A wayward boy finds his voice, and walks into The Beatles.
The film stars Johnson (Lennon),Thomas Sangster (Paul McCartney), Kristen Scott Thomas (Lennon's surrogate mother, his Aunt Mimi) David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff and was written by written by Matt Greenhalgh, the screenwriter who penned the Ian Curtis/Joy Division biopic Control. A producer on the film had this to say,
Aaron's going to be a star. He's playing someone we all think we know everything about. He's got to have a confidence and sense of destiny, but he's also a mixed-up teenager whose family is throwing him all over the place. Aaron's got an emotional understanding, for his age, that's just mind-blowing. And he does stillness very well.
I guess we'll have to see it to believe it. The film was picked up by The Weinstein Company for distribution. But as you know, they are having financial problems and there's no word yet on when the film will be released. It actually was shown at The London Film Festival but there have been no reviews from that screening. I haven't been able to find any.
I'll be looking forward to seeing this film when I get the chance. Check out the photos below and share your thoughts with us!
The film is actually based on a book written by Lennon's half sister Julia Baird entitled, Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon. Here is a description of the book:
Until now, the true story of John Lennon's childhood has never been told. John's sister Julia has herself been on a personal journey that has made it possible only now to reveal the full extent of the pain and difficulties -- as well as the happier times -- living inside John Lennon's family brought. Julia reveals the various strong, self-willed and selfish women who surrounded John as he grew up. John was removed from his mother at the age of 5 to live with his Aunt Mimi, and here Julia shows for the first time the cruelty of this decision -- to both mother and son, she sheds a new light on his upbringing with Mimi which is often at dramatic odds with the accepted tale. John's frequent visits to his mother and sisters gave him the liveliness, freedom and love he sought and allowed him to develop his musical talents. The tragic death of their mother, knocked down outside Aunt Mimi's house by a speeding car when John was 17, meant that life for him and his sisters would never be the same again. Poignant, raw and beautifully written, IMAGINE THIS casts John Lennon's life in a new light and reveals the source of his emotional fragility and musical genius. It is also one family's extraordinary story of how it dealt with fame and tragedy beyond all imagining.