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Nowhere Boy is an upcoming film about John Lennon's childhood and adolescence and the feature film directorial debut of director Sam Taylor-Wood.

The film, which is based on the book Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon by Lennon's half sister Julia Baird, is about Lennon's teenage years and his first steps to stardom and will focus on the influence his Aunt Mimi and his mother Julia had on his early life, and his friendship with future fellow Beatle Paul McCartney. It has been confirmed that British actor Aaron Johnson will play Lennon and that Thomas Sangster will play Paul McCartney. Kristin Scott Thomas will play Lennon's aunt Mimi and Anne-Marie Duff will play Lennon's mother Julia. The screenplay is written by Matt Greenhalgh. Filming started on location in Liverpoolmarker and at Ealing Studiosmarker in West London on 8 March 2009.

The film received a Lottery funding of 1.2 million from the UK Film Council Premier Fund with an additional 35,500 from its Development Fund to develop the script. The film also received a grant from Film4 (the film division of Channel 4).

Thomas Sangster is able to play the guitar, but since he is right-handed, he is learning how to play the guitar like the left-handed McCartney for scenes in which Lennon and McCartney are forming the skiffle band The Quarrymen, which was later renamed The Beatles.Meanwhile producers are negotiating with Yoko Ono for the right to use some of Lennon's songs in the film. In addition to these songs, British electronica duo Goldfrapp will be scoring the film.

Distribution

Hanway Films will handle worldwide sales, while Distrib Icon will do so in the United Kingdommarker and Australia. Mars Distribution has acquired the rights for France. The Weinstein Company will distribute in the United States, Germanymarker and Latin America. It plans to release the film at the end of 2009, although this is highly unlikely. A confirmed release date is unknown.

The film will have its world premiere on 29 October 2009 at the closing night of the London Film Festival before going on general release in the UK on 26 December.

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