Screenwriter Richard Curtis has brought us such beloved films as “Love, Actually”, “Notting Hill” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, while director Danny Boyle is responsible for movies including “Trainspotting”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “28 Days Later”.
With that in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that the first collaboration between these filmmaking powerhouses is clever, outside the box and more than a little bonkers: “Yesterday”, a movie about The Beatles — if The Beatles had never existed.
Described as “a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life,” “Yesterday” follows the journey of Jack Malik (Himesh Patel of BBC’s “Eastenders”), a struggling singer-songwriter in a small British town whose pursuit of stardom is rapidly fading.
“Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed,” explains the film’s synopsis.
As a result, he finds himself performing the Fab Four’s immortal hits to a global public who has never heard them before — and can’t get enough.
With the assistance of an aggressive American agent (“SNL” star Kate McKinnon), Jack finally achieves the superstardom he’s always dreamed of — yet risks losing Ellie (Lily James), his best friend and biggest supporter. “With the door between his old life and his new closing,” the synopsis concludes, “Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.”
“Yesterday” is scheduled to hit theatres on Sept. 13, 2019.