Rumours have begun to swirl about who could be playing the famous four in Sam Mendes’ Beatles Biopic. 

The 58-year-old director announced earlier this year that he would be directing four separate films about the legendary band and has now reportedly cast the leading quartet. 

According to The InSneider, Paul Mescal will play Paul McCartney, Barry Keoghan is to portray Ringo Starr, Harris Dickinson is to star as John Lennon, and Charlie Rowe will take on the part of George Harrison. 

The films are reportedly set to be interconnected stories with one from each band member’s perspective.

It marks the first time ever that The Beatles and their Apple Corps. company have granted full life story and music rights for a scripted film.

Rumours have begun to swirl about who could be playing the famous four in Sam Mendes' Beatles Biopic (Barry Keoghan who is rumoured to be playing Ringo Starr)

Rumours have begun to swirl about who could be playing the famous four in Sam Mendes’ Beatles Biopic (Barry Keoghan who is rumoured to be playing Ringo Starr)

According to The InSneider, Paul Mescal (seen) will play Paul McCartney, Barry Keoghan is to portray Ringo Starr, Harris Dickinson is to star as John Lennon, and Charlie Rowe will take on the part of George Harrison

According to The InSneider, Paul Mescal (seen) will play Paul McCartney, Barry Keoghan is to portray Ringo Starr, Harris Dickinson is to star as John Lennon, and Charlie Rowe will take on the part of George Harrison

Ringo Starr

Barry Keoghan

Barry is rumoured to be playing Ringo 

The movies are being made by Sony Pictures and Sam’s Neal Street Productions company and are scheduled to begin shooting in mid-2025 for a planned 2027 cinematic release.

It has not yet been revealed if all four films will be released at the same time or whether they will be staggered across the year but Sony has promised an ‘innovative release cadence’.

Mendes explained that he pitched the idea of making four films about the ‘Hey Jude’ group last year and wowed Sony executives Tom Rothman and Elizabeth Gabler with his plans.

The Skyfall filmmaker told Deadline earlier this year: ‘We went out to Los Angeles just before Christmas to pitch the project, and it’s fair to say we were met with universal enthusiasm.

‘The reason Sony stood out from competing offers was down to Tom and Elizabeth’s passion for the idea, and commitment to propelling these films theatrically in an innovative and exciting way.’

Representatives for the actors in question have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.  

Actor Barry, 31, has risen to huge stardom in the last few years with roles in Saltburn and The Banshees of Inisherin.

While Paul, 28, soared to fame in BBC series Normal People and has gone on to be a household name.

Charlie Rowe is a 28-year-old British star, also known for playing George Osborne in ITV's lavish 2018 adaptation of Vanity Fair

George Harrison is seen

Charlie Rowe is a 28-year-old British star, also known for playing George Osborne in ITV’s lavish 2018 adaptation of Vanity Fair

Harris Dickinson, 27, is another young British talent, starring in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, where he played Prince Phillip, as well as The King's Man, Where the Crawdads Sing and Triangle of Sadness

Harris will reportedly play John Lennon (seen)

Harris Dickinson, 27, is another young British talent, starring in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, where he played Prince Phillip, as well as The King’s Man, Where the Crawdads Sing and Triangle of Sadness

The Beatles, from left, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney in 1964

The Beatles, from left, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney in 1964

They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and the recognition of popular music as an art form

They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and the recognition of popular music as an art form

Harris Dickinson, 27, is another young British talent, starring in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, where he played Prince Phillip, as well as The King’s Man, Where the Crawdads Sing and Triangle of Sadness.

And finally, Charlie Rowe is a 28-year-old British star, also known for playing George Osborne in ITV’s lavish 2018 adaptation of Vanity Fair.

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. 

They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and the recognition of popular music as an art form.

It comes after Paul was recently linked to actress Natalie Portman, 42, after being spotted together in London last week.

The pair could not control their giggles as they enjoyed an evening out drinking at at Bar 69 in Islington.

Paul and Natalie – who interviewed each other for Variety last year – appeared in high spirits as they stepped outside for a cigarette.

Insiders have denied the two are romantically involved, pointing to their close friendship but Paul has made no secret of his admiration for Natalie.

When they interviewed each other last year, Paul described Natalie as ‘brilliant’ and admitted: ‘If my drama school self knew that I would be talking to you, I would pinch myself many, many times!’ 

He also complimented her performance in May December, in which she shares a steamy sex scene with younger co-star Charles Melton, 33. 

She starred in the film as an actress named Elizabeth researching a couple – Gracie (Julianne Moore) and Joe (Charles) – who had formed when she was 36 and he was 13, sparking a tabloid scandal.

Meanwhile, Natalie complimented Paul on his sex scenes with Andrew Scott in All of Us Strangers, describing them as ‘very hot but also very tender.’

Natalie finalised her divorce from Benjamin Millepied in France in March, bringing an end to a marriage of 12 years, her representative confirmed to People.

The former couple share two children – Aleph, 12, and Amalia, seven – and lived together in Benjamin’s native France for several years.

Natalie filed for divorce last July, one month after the French magazine Voici ran a bombshell report claiming Benjamin, 46, had an affair with a famous 25-year-old environmental activist called Camille Étienne.

After the claims of his infidelity went public, a source told People Benjamin had a ‘short-lived’ fling with Camille, but that the dalliance was ‘over.’ 

Actor Barry, 31, has risen to huge stardom in the last few years with roles in Saltburn (seen) and The Banshees of Inisherin

Actor Barry, 31, has risen to huge stardom in the last few years with roles in Saltburn (seen) and The Banshees of Inisherin

While Paul, 28, soared to fame in BBC series Normal People with Daisy Edgar-Jones and has gone on to be a household name

While Paul, 28, soared to fame in BBC series Normal People with Daisy Edgar-Jones and has gone on to be a household name

The insider added: ‘He knows he made an enormous mistake and he is doing all he can to get Natalie to forgive him and keep their family together.’

However, by the following month, Natalie had filed for divorce, and by early this March the legal proceedings were finalised.

The closest she came to addressing her divorce in public was in Vanity Fair this February, when she was asked how it felt to have her marriage written about and replied: ‘It’s terrible, and I have no desire to contribute to it.’ 

A friend revealed the collapse of Natalie’s marriage was ‘was initially really tough for her, but her friends rallied around her and helped get her through the worst of it.’ 

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