NBC to Rock With Beatles Event Series: Who Should Play the Fab Four?

The Beatles NBC Series

NBC is going across the universe.

The Peacock network is in the early stages of developing an event series about The Beatles, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The eight-episode project — written by The Tudors creator Michael Hirst — will tell the story of the iconic band.

Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg (The Tudors) will serve as executive producers.

Feeling a case of Beatlemania coming on? Any early casting suggestions? Sound off below!

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  1. TVMAN says:

    Leave TheBeatles alone!

  2. Zach says:

    If he could pull off the accent, Lucas Neff would be the perfect John.

  3. Danyelle says:

    All four roles are Darren Criss’s to lose.

    • Sam says:

      Darren Criss doesn’t look like any of them and if the Glee Beatles tribute episode was any indication he should stay far, far away from their songs. His shrieking at the end of Hey Jude? Jesus Christ.

    • Steph says:

      Darren Criss has already butchered several Beatles songs on Glee. Our ears have suffered enough.

    • kd83954 says:

      I’ll co-sign this. ;) I, personally, thought he sounded great on all The Beatles songs he covered. Especially “Hey Jude” and “All You Need Is Love”!

  4. Steven says:

    One Direction. ;)

  5. Stevie Riks, Stevie Riks, Stevie Riks and Stevie Riks.

  6. Tricia says:

    It depends on whether they give priority to the singing or the acting, really. My hope is that they’ll go small in casting, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they went with well known guys for ratings bait.

  7. Teag says:

    Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Justin Long and Jason Schwartzman!

  8. Brian says:


  9. sanchopanza says:

    Pleeeeeeeeze NO. NO.

  10. John – Arthur Darvill
    Paul – Skandar Keynes
    George – Colin Morgan
    Ringo – Ben Whishaw

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  12. Diz says:

    How about no one. I remember the Beatles special they had in the past year and it wasn’t good. Leave it alone & come up with something that is actually new.

  13. Katie_Mead says:

    Gary Bakewell for the (now middle-aged McCartney) Hat-trick!

  14. Faye says:

    Just don’t. There is no way this would work well no matter who they choose.

  15. Polly says:

    the cast of BBC’s Lennon Naked.

  16. Mary says:

    Neil Tudor should be Paul – he has worked with him couple of times, his official double – he should be the man

  17. Maria says:

    Nobody. Nobody should play the Fab 4. If I want to watch the Beatles, I look at old tv footage (found easily online). I’ve seen Ringo Starr live once, and Paul McCartney twice in concert. Nothing compares to the real thing.

  18. DJR says:

    The Beatles’ Anthology series already did this…with the actual Beatles. Any attempt to retell this story will be a failure.

  19. Amanda says:

    I always knew this would happen but I was hoping it’d be HBO. I’m a 3rd generation Beatles fan and have loved them my whole life so I’m hoping for the best. Some of the movies like “Nowhere Boy” and “Backbeat” were really well done. Plus this could have so much to cover if they show all of their childhoods, forming the band, Hamburg, original bassist Stu’s story, their manager Brian’s story, the US invasion, the girlfriends and wives, the breakup and what happened to each of them afterwards. As for casting always thought Jim Sturgess would make a great Paul, Henry Ian Cusick an older John or Aaron Johnson playing younger John again, but George and Ringo were always hard for me to fancast. George being my favorite Beatle I always had a hard time thinking of someone to play him. Realy hoping for the best with this.

    • steven says:

      It would be interesting if Jim Sturgess was in this considered he was in the movie Across the Universe, which was a musical with Beatles’ songs.

      • Amanda says:

        That was one of the first films I saw Jim in as well as “21”. He really does look a lot like Paul. Just saw too other George fans saying Ben Barnes and I have to agree with them. Ben would make a great George as he really look like him when his hair is long.

  20. Ed says:

    Christopher Eccleston as Lennon!

  21. tara17 says:

    Dave Franco would be a great casting choice, if he’s skilled with a British accent.

  22. Gail says:

    I would only be interested in this if they have access to the original recordings of the Fab Four.

  23. brandon says:

    Sounds like even more whitewashed history of rock and roll. hipsters should love it.

  24. Heathers says:

    Nobody. It’s like beating a dead horse. So over the Beatles.

  25. JASon says:

    Michael Cera as John Lennon would be epic!!!

  26. Larc says:

    I smell trainwreck!

  27. Paul says:

    Let it be.

  28. Mel says:

    Get actors who can truly act, instead of people who look like them.

  29. MIN05 says:

    The Fab Four from southern California

  30. Rare says:

    NBC could set the stage with actual fan footage, never-before-released footage, as Apple Corps announced they were going to release, and haven’t?

  31. JAPIA says:

    I expect the authors to restore the truth which has been rewritten on many points by some people still alive who lived this period, as Mick Jagger and Yoko, for instance. First, the Beatles was the first Punk rock band. By the way, In their early concerts, they were presented as the young savage Beatles, far away from the image of the emblematic pop group that most of the media have retained. They made explode the codes of the rock’n’ roll of the fifties. The way of singing of John Lennon makes him one of the best rock singer and Mick Jagger copied it. This is particularly clear and impressive when listening their versions of american songs of the fifties, as “Bad boy” or “Slow down” released in some US albums, “Dizzy miss Lizzy,” etc.. John was a violent and angry youngman and all the members of the british groups that they met at the time was afraid of him, as Keith Richards, who, by the way left only few lines on the Beatles in his biography. Fourty years later, Mick Jagger even declared that he never loved the Beatles. It is not really elegant, especially if you consider that the Beatles made all of that possible. They were on the first line and they won the war against all the conservatisms and the establishment. This is the Beatles and no one else who gave the possibility to the youth to take the power in the sixties.

  32. GuitarMan says:

    Definate job for “Lucas Neff” to play the part of “John Lennon”