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Trailer For “Yesterday” Sees Danny Boyle And Richard Curtis Imagine A World Without The Beatles

For a little bit now, we didn’t know much about what Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis were cooking up for their collaboration. Untitled, with only the barest hint of a plot (something involving a world where no one can remember The Beatles), it was all about the concept of Boyle and Curtis teaming up. Well, yesterday saw the reveal of a Trailer for what is now, ironically, called Yesterday. The Beatles do factor heavily into the plot, or the lack thereof. You’ll be able to see the Trailer at the end of the post, but first…lets talk about it a little bit.

The movie is a musical or at least musically tinged romantic comedy, from the looks of it (with Curtis penning the screenplay, would you really expect much else?). The plot synopsis, courtesy of IMDb, is a simple one: “A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.” The protagonist (Himesh Patel) apparently has an accident and when he comes to, everything is the same, except the legendary band has been wiped from existence. Within his mind, The Beatles remains. Elsewhere? Gone. So, he becomes a rock star, utilizing the songs of arguably the greatest band in history. One has to assume it’ll be partly about the guilt of standing on someone else’s shoulders, as well as a love story too. Boyle directs a script that Curtis co-wrote with Jack Barth. Cinematography is by Christopher Ross. The cast, in addition to Patel, includes Ana de Armas, Lily James, and Kate McKinnon, among others, as well as part for singer Ed Sheeran.

By the looks of this Trailer, we could be in for a treat. The film mixes nostalgia with a really compelling “what if” scenario. For me, in Curtis I trust, as he’s one of the best writers in the business at making engaging and emotional fare. Boyle has been on a solid streak of late, though a lot of eyes will be on why he partially chose this project over staying on the latest James Bond flick. Plus, you know the music will be really great. Especially if you love The Beatles, there’s going to be a lot to latch on to here.

If Yesterday can really connect with audiences and critics in equal measure, it could end up being an under the radar Academy Award player. A strong crowd pleaser would certainly be welcomed by voters. As such, one has to assume Universal is planning a push with Oscar. Efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Boyle), Best Actor (for Patel), Best Original Screenplay (for Barth and Curtis), Best Film Editing, and Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Maybe this is all pie in the sky, but with the talent behind this one, nothing is out of the question. Sleep on this one at your own risk.

You can see the Trailer for Yesterday next, which won’t be hitting theaters stateside until the fall. The United Kingdom will get this at the end of June, but Americans will have to wait until September 13th. It looks like it could be really enjoyable, so it could be one to eagerly await. For the moment, we’ll just have to sit tight and wait for further Trailers and such. This First Trailer really nicely sets the stage though, that’s for sure. Give it a look and see what you think, and of course, sit tight for plenty more over the course of the next handful of months…

Here now is the First Trailer for Yesterday:

Stay tuned for more on Yesterday between now and its September release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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