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John Lennon movie coming together

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) – The story of John Lennon is headed for the big screen with “Nowhere Boy,” which will focus on the former Beatle’s troubled adolescence.

Screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh’s script details the story of Lennon as a lonely teenager abandoned by his mother and raised by his authoritarian aunt. His only escape is music, art and his fateful friendship with Paul McCartney. The film will be directed by visual artist Sam Taylor-Wood, who will shoot on location in Lennon’s hometown of Liverpool.

“The women in John’s early life truly shaped who he became,” Taylor-Wood said, “and the strengths and weaknesses of their relationships are central to this film.”

Casting for the major roles “is under way,” said producer Ecosse Films, which is developing the project with the U.K. Film Council.