Ed Sheeran will play himself in Danny Boyle’s untitled Beatles-inspired movie

The film focuses on a singer-songwriter who wakes up one day as the only person who remembers the Fab Four

Ed Sheeran will play himself in an as-yet-untitled, Beatles-inspired movie directed by Danny Boyle.

The film has been written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill) and will star Himesh Patel, who played Tamwar Masood in Eastenders between 2007 and 2016. Patel’s character is a singer-songwriter who wakes up one day as the only person in the world with any memory of The Beatles.

“And then I discover him and take him on tour,” Sheeran explained, according to the Associated Press. “Then he gets much, much bigger than me through doing stuff. Yeah, it’s very clever.”


The musician added that the project had given him a chance to “learn how to act”. “With the Game Of Thrones thing, that was literally me popping in for a day and making a cameo,” he said. “But this was like full days on set, like 12-hour days.”

Sheeran’s parts were filmed earlier this year, during his latest tour. “It was a very intense two months,” he said. “I would have four days of gigging and then three days of shooting a film. I was playing myself so I don’t think I was that bad. There wasn’t much to [mess] up.”

He added that he had other ambitions in cinema, saying he wanted to make “something like” Irish movie Once “where the songs dictate the film, in a way.”

“I can’t see myself playing an Avenger, you know?” he said. “I don’t really want to be an actor.”

The untitled movie is scheduled for release in September 2019 and will also reportedly star Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Joel Fry, and more.


Meanwhile, Boyle quit work on Bond 25 last week (August 21). A statement announcing his departure said it was due to “creative differences.”

It was reported days later that there had been a dispute between Boyle, Daniel Craig, and producer Barbara Broccoli about killing off the secret agent. Boyle thought the idea was “ridiculous”, according to a source.