John, Paul, Ge­orge and... Ed?

Sheeran is set to star in Richard Cur­tis movie about a world where The Bea­tles never ex­isted – ex­cept in one man’s dreams. Its ti­tle? All You Need Is Love, ac­tu­ally!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - ATTACK ON SYRIA - By Charlotte Grif­fiths

WHEN scriptwriter Richard Cur­tis started think­ing about which star he’d like to ap­pear in a film about The Bea­tles, the an­swer must have been blind­ingly ob­vi­ous – All You Need Is Ed.

And now the chart-top­ping singer Ed Sheeran is set to land a lead­ing role in Cur­tis’s new pro­duc­tion about the Fab Four’s mu­sic.

Ed, 27, is in talks to ap­pear in the new com­edy – ten­ta­tively ti­tled All You Need Is Love – about a man who wakes up one day to find he is the only per­son who can re­mem­ber the songs of The Bea­tles.

It’s un­der­stood he’ll ap­pear on screen and write new mu­sic for the film, which will also in­clude Bea­tles hits. A source close to Work­ing Ti­tle, the stu­dio that is mak­ing the film, said: ‘Ev­ery­thing Ed touches

‘If any­one can make their songs bet­ter, Ed can’

turns to gold. He is the big­gest hit­maker on the planet. If any­one can make a film about the Bea­tles songs even bet­ter mu­si­cally, it’s him.’

Sheeran is known to be a mas­sive Fab Four fan. In 2014, he took part in The Night That Changed Amer­ica – a Gram­mys trib­ute to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of The Bea­tles’ first ap­pear­ance on The Ed Sul­li­van show in 1964.

He per­formed an acous­tic ver­sion of In My Life in front of a starstud­ded au­di­ence which in­cluded Paul McCart­ney and Ringo Starr.

McCart­ney was so im­pressed with the per­for­mance, he later sent Sheeran a gui­tar signed: ‘For Ed, who is bril­liant.’

Sheeran, who is newly en­gaged to child­hood sweet­heart Cherry Se­aborn, is known to be friends with Cur­tis and his part­ner Emma Freud. In 2016, he at­tended an all-star 21st birth­day party for the cou­ple’s ac­tivist daugh­ter Scar­lett. He is a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the fam­ily’s sprawl­ing fam­ily home in Wal­ber­swick, Suf­folk, and sources be­lieve the friend­ship will seal the deal.

The new film, which has been shrouded in se­crecy, is one of the most hotly an­tic­i­pated of the year.

It is un­der­stood that EastEn­ders ac­tor Himesh Pa­tel, who played Tamwar Ma­sood, will also have a star­ring role. It is be­lieved that Down­ton Abbey ac­tress Lily James, now one of the most sought-af­ter stars in Hol­ly­wood, may also ap­pear. It is be­lieved film­ing will take place in Lon­don and east­ern Eng­land over the sum­mer.

Cur­tis – fa­mous for rom­coms Four Wed­dings And A Fu­neral, Not­ting Hill and Love Ac­tu­ally – has al­ready writ­ten a script.

The movie will be di­rected by Danny Boyle, known for hits such as Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire and Trainspot­ting. He is pas­sion­ate about the project and is keen to get it made be­fore he starts work on the forth­com­ing James Bond film. Sheeran, 27, who is best known for hit songs The Shape Of You, Think­ing Out Loud and Sing, has not yet signed on the dot­ted line for the Bea­tles film but in­sid­ers in­sist he is keen.

Sheeran’s last foray into act­ing – a cameo ap­pear­ance in Game Of Thrones – was not well re­ceived. Crit­ics de­scribed his act­ing as ‘wooden’ and ‘dire’. But when he played him­self as a singer in 2016’s Brid­get Jones’s Baby, he won plau­dits for his per­for­mance.

The source said: ‘Ed won’t be act­ing, so much as help­ing with the mu­sic and mak­ing a per­for­mance cameo.

‘No one is sug­gest­ing the Bea­tles mu­sic needs any help, but as Ed is a tal­ented pro­ducer he will be of help to Richard and Danny be­hind the scenes.’

A Sony ATV spokesman said last night: ‘Sony and ATV Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing has agreed to li­cense Len­non and McCart­ney songs for the film.’ A spokesman for the project said: ‘The film is so early in de­vel­op­ment it is still un­ti­tled.’

FAB FOUR FAN: Ed on stage. LEft: With Richard Cur­tis, Emma freud and daugh­ter Scar­lett. In­set left: Himesh Pa­tel. top left: the Bea­tles in 1964

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