Brad Pitt eyeing John Lennon role?
Friday, January 7 2011, 7:06am ESTBy Simon Reynolds
, Movies Editor
Brad Pitt is allegedly in "secret talks" to play John Lennon in a biopic of the late Beatles star, according to the Daily Express
The actor, who reportedly wants to produce and act in the feature, is said to have "won over" Lennon's widow Yoko Ono when the pair met recently to discuss the project.
Pitt is supposedly intending to sing Lennon's songs himself instead of using backing tracks.
"Brad already has a writer working on the script. And Yoko has given the project her blessing so long as it's true to John's life," an insider is quoted as saying.
"Brad wants to do all the singing himself and plans to take voice lessons. If he can't pull it off they'll use John's own voice. Brad has also been immersing himself in videos and books so he can get Lennon's mannerisms down pat."
Previous actors to have portrayed Lennon include Ian Hart (The Hours And Times
), Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy
) and Christopher Eccleston (Lennon Naked