Imagine there’s no Beatles. I wonder if you can…
You’ll have to suspend disbelief in the new movie “Yesterday” (out June 28), in which a worldwide blackout and momentary glitch in the universe erases The Beatles from the world and the memory of everyone on the planet. Everyone except one person, that is.
Wannabe songwriter/musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel — while an unknown in the States, Patel is very familiar in the UK for his role in the long-running soap “East Enders”) was knocked unconscious in a bus accident during the blackout. Upon awakening, he comes to the realization that he is the only person who can remember not just that The Beatles existed, but also their songs.
How can he resist the ruse?
Performing “his” new songs brings him a support act with Ed Sheeran (who, fresh off his “Game of Thrones” cameo, plays himself, Chris Martin of Coldplay having turned down the role). But fortune and fame always has a price, and his might just be losing the love of his life, Ellie (Lily James, “Downton Abbey,” “Mama Mia”).
Oscar winning director Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) and writer Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love, Actually”) are at the helm of the movie, and James says that a lot of the film’s emotion hinges on Boyle capturing the feeling of the early Beatles.