Christopher Eccelston to play a ‘Naked’ John Lennon


Christopher Eccleston, “Doctor Who”, will star in a new John Lennon biopic called Naked Lennon, commissioned by BBC Four.

The film covers a short chaotic period in Lennon’s life from 1967 to 1971 when his marriage to Cynthia was ending and his relationship with Yoko Ono was beginning. During that period Beatles manager Brian Epstein died and the group itself began to come apart. I like the choice to explore this transitional time in Lennon’s life.

I’m not sorry they’re not going up through Lennon’s murder. That’s been covered enough and his assassin has gotten more air time than his victim. There’s plenty of drama in Lennon’s life.

Naoko Mori, “Absolutely Fabulous” plays Ono. Rory Kinnear portrays Epstein. The cast includes Claudie Blakley as Cynthia and Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney. No word on the casting of Ringo and George.

The film was written by Robert Jones and is being filmed in London by Blast! Films. No release or broadcast date has been announced.

Hey, Beatles fans. Any opinion about the casting or time period that’s the focus of the film?

Robin Ruinsky has been a writer since penning her autobiography in fourth grade. Along the way she's studied theater at Syracuse University, worked with Woody Allen starring most of the time on the cutting room floor. A segue into the punk rock scene followed but writing was always the main focus. She writes for various crafty, artsy magazines about people who make craftsy, artsy collectible things. But her first love is writing fiction and film criticism which some people think are the same thing.

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