Take a look at the first trailer for Yesterday, an upcoming fantasy comedy from filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later).
Imagine if, out of nowhere, you were suddenly the only person that knew of The Beatles and their legendary songs. That’s what happens to Jack Malick (Himesh Patel), who has a freak accident when a blackout hits the world. He awakens to discover that The Beatles have never existed – not their songs, nothing. Things get very complicated when Jack begins to perform classic Beatles tracks to a world that thinks he’s a musical genius.
Boyle’s resume showcases his skills as a highly versatile filmmaker, going from dark comedies, to horror, to sci-fi, to feel-good Best Picture winners. This looks like a charming little ‘what if?’ fantasy, taking a simple little concept and running with it. Driving further appeal is the fact that it’s written by Oscar winner Richard Curtis, whose hits include Four Wedding and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually and About Time.
It’s nice to see Lily James and Kate McKinnon on board, and it could be a strong showcase for lead actor Patel, whose credits include British series EastEnders and Damned. Real-life popstar Ed Sheeren also has a role, so we’ll see if people are nicer to him here following his appearance on Game of Thrones.
Yesterday opens in Aussie cinemas on June 27 and hits the US on June 28.
Official synopsis for Yesterday:
Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.