Everything we know about Sam Mendes’ Beatles movies

The Fab Four are getting four individual films…

The Beatles pose for a portrait wearing suits in circa 1964
The Beatles are getting the biopic treatment courtesy of Sam Mendes. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty)

Filmmaker Sam Mendes is embarking on a unique cinematic adventure that promises to chronicle the formation and stratospheric rise of the world’s most iconic rock band, The Beatles.

Told across four separate stories, Mendes plans to chronicle the lives of each individual Beatles band member with a different movie for Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison. Sounds ambitious — but if anyone can do it, it’s the guy who gave us First World War epic 1917 and two of the most popular James Bond movies of recent years.

Here’s everything we know about Mendes’ four-part Beatles project.

The Beatles posing together, circa 1965
The four Beatles films will be released throughout 2027. (Getty)

Mendes’ Beatles films are without release dates at the moment. But when the project was first announced back in February 2024, we learned that each film is set to debut in 2027.

While details remain vague, Sony Pictures confirmed that each movie will land theatrically and that the timing of their arrival in theatres will be “innovative and groundbreaking.”

As to what exactly that entails — only time will tell.

 Mendes attends a photocall following a special screening of Empire of Light
Skyfall director Mendes has acquired the life story rights from each band member. (Getty)

Mendes’ Beatles movies will take audiences through the lives of each of the Beatles and show us how they came to cross paths and form a band that forever changed the trajectory of pop culture.

The project stands alone thanks to the fact that it has the full support and involvement of the band’s corporation Apple Corps Ltd. and The Beatles themselves, with McCartney and Starr granting their full life-story rights alongside the estates of Lennon and Harrison.

Speaking about the project, Mendes said: “I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies.”

His producing partner, Pippa Harris, added: “We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling, and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time.

LONDON - MAY 19: English singer, songwriter and guitarist John Lennon (1940-1980), English singer, songwriter and bassist Paul McCartney, English musician, singer and drummer Ringo Starr and English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist George Harrison (1943-2001) of the Beatles attend a press party at the home of manager Brian Epstein supporting the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, May 19, 1967, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jeff Hochberg/Getty Images)
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison at the launch event for The Beatles' seminal album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. (Jeff Hochberg/Getty Images)

“To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege. From our first meeting with Tom Rothman and Elizabeth Gabler, it was clear that they shared both our passion and ambition for this project, and we can’t think of a more perfect home than Sony Pictures.”

Little else about this lofty project has been confirmed since its initial reveal. However, many outlets have suggested that Mendes hopes to start shooting in mid-2025, giving himself a two-year window to deliver four bespoke movies ahead of their planned 2027 release year.

Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards ceremony in 2024
Oscar nominee Paul Mescal is rumoured to be playing Paul McCartney. (Getty)

Following the news that Mendes plans to direct a movie for each member of The Beatles, the online movie rumour mill went into overdrive regarding actors who could fill the pointy boots of each musician.

While nothing has been officially confirmed, early reports first shared by movie journalist Jeff Sneider in June 2024 provided the first four names to be linked to these iconic roles.

According to Sneider, Mendes is looking at The Iron Claw’s Harris Dickinson for Lennon, Aftersun’s Paul Mescal as McCartney, Saltburn’s Barry Keoghan as Starr and Rocketman’s Charlie Rowe as Harrison.

Barry Keoghan attends the Bird press conference ahead of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival
Will Saltburn star Barry Keoghan play Ringo Starr for Sam Mendes? (Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Harris Dickinson arrives at the
Harris Dickinson has been linked with the role of John Lennon. (John Phillips/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Charlie Rowe attends the
Charlie Rowe has been linked with the role of George Harrison. (Getty Images for ZFF)

However, with an official announcement yet to be made — these names remain rumours for now.

Sam Mendes’ Beatles movies will be released in cinemas throughout 2027.