Yesterday (2019 film)

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Teaser poster
Directed byDanny Boyle
Produced byBernie Bellew
Tim Bevan
Danny Boyle
Richard Curtis
Eric Fellner
Matthew James Wilkinson
Screenplay byRichard Curtis
Story byJack Barth
StarringHimesh Patel
Lily James
Kate McKinnon
Ed Sheeran
Music byDaniel Pemberton
CinematographyChristopher Ross
Edited byJon Harris
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • 4 May 2019 (2019-05-04) (Tribeca)
  • 28 June 2019 (2019-06-28) (United Kingdom)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Yesterday is an upcoming 2019 British musical comedy film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, from a story by Jack Barth. It stars Himesh Patel as a guitarist who realises he is the only person who remembers the Beatles, and becomes famous plagiarising their songs. Lily James, Kate McKinnon, and Ed Sheeran also star.

It will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 4 May 2019.[1] The film will be released on 28 June 2019 by Universal Pictures.[2]


Jack Malik is a struggling musician. During a worldwide blackout, he is hit by a bus. After awakening and discovering that he is the only person in the world who appears to remember the Beatles, Jack plagiarizes their songs and becomes a star.



In March 2018, director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis were announced to be teaming on a musical comedy that will be set in the 1960s or 1970s and centre on "a struggling musician who thinks he's the only person who can remember the Beatles" with Himesh Patel cast in the lead role.[3][4] Later that month, Lily James and Kate McKinnon joined the cast.[5][6]

In April 2018, Ed Sheeran joined the cast and would potentially also write new music for the film, which would also include Beatles songs.[7][8] Sheeran was confirmed to star later that month, with Ana de Armas and Lamorne Morris joining the cast.[9][10] In May 2018, Sophia Di Martino, Joel Fry and Harry Michell joined the cast.[11]

Filming began on 21 April 2018,[12] with production in the United Kingdom starting on 26 April 2018, with scenes filmed all around Suffolk in Halesworth, Dunwich, Shingle street, Latitude Festival and Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.[13] A casting call was issued for extras in overnight scenes shot immediately after Sheeran's four consecutive concerts at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in May 2018.[14] A further 5,000 extras to were also recruited to appear in scenes shot on Gorleston Beach in Norfolk in June 2018.[15]

In February 2019, it was announced the title of the film was Yesterday.[16]


The film was initially set to be released on 13 September 2019 but was changed to 28 June that year.[17] It will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 4 May 2019.[18]


The first official trailer of the film was released on 12 February 2019.[19]


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  4. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (2 March 2018). "Yeah yeah yeah! Danny Boyle's filming a Beatles musical". Daily Mail. UK.
  5. ^ "Lily James in Talks to Star in Danny Boyle Comedy (Exclusive)".
  6. ^ "Kate McKinnon in Talks to Join Lily James in Danny Boyle Comedy".
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (15 April 2018). "Ed Sheeran In Talks For Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis Music-Themed Comedy Movie".
  8. ^ Chitwood, Adam (15 April 2018). "Ed Sheeran in Talks to Join Danny Boyle's Beatles-Themed Musical Comedy". Collider. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (24 April 2018). "Ana de Armas Makes A Date With Danny Boyle Untitled Romantic Comedy".
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (27 April 2018). "'New Girl's Lamorne Morris Joins Universal's Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis Comedy".
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (8 May 2018). "Danny Boyle & Richard Curtis Untitled Romantic Comedy Adds Three".
  12. ^ Freud, Emma (21 April 2018). "We began shooting our new movie today". Twitter. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Danny Boyle's new Beatles musical was being filmed in north Essex". Gazette.
  14. ^ Bevan, Nathan (2018-04-16). "Ed Sheeran is rumoured to be in Danny Boyle's new film". walesonline. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  15. ^ Ryder, Alistair (15 May 2018). "Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis are looking for extras in Cambridgeshire".
  16. ^ "IN THE PIPELINE: First Trailer For Danny Boyle & Writer Richard Curtis's Yesterday Ready & Arriving Very Soon". Trailer Track. February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  17. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (19 September 2018). "Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis Musical Comedy Tunes Up For Summer 2019 Release – Update". Deadline.
  18. ^ Hayes, Dade (March 14, 2019). "Tribeca Slots Danny Boyle's 'Yesterday' As Closing-Night Film, Galas For Trey Anastasio Doc, 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Say Anything …'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  19. ^ Hollywood Reporter [@thr] (13 February 2019). "'Yesterday' explores what would happen when only one man remembers The Beatles. Watch the trailer:" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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