A little over a week ago, the Tribeca Film Festival announced its lineup for 2019. We listed the titles scheduled to play in New York City next month, but it clearly was not the only movies slated for the fest. As tends to be the case, festivals tease out some of the bigger debuts, with Tribeca being no exception. Today, they revealed what will be the Closing Night Film at the festival, and it’s a big one.
In a press release, Tribeca announced that they will be home to the World Premiere of Danny Boyle‘s upcoming “Yesterday.” Dubbed a rock-n-roll comedy, it imagines a world where only one struggling musician (played by Himesh Patel) can remember The Beatles. Boyle directs a screenplay co-written by Jack Barth and Richard Curtis. The cast includes Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, and more.
From the release:
This year’s Closing Night film will continue Tribeca’s tradition of showcasing great storytelling with acclaimed director Danny Boyle’s highly anticipated film, Yesterday. The rock-n-roll comedy, with a screenplay by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard Curtis, follows Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders), a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. The film stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, and Ed Sheeran.
“This isn’t a time travel movie but it feels like introducing the Beatles music to America for the first time-again,” Danny Boyle says. “Absolutely delighted that our film has been chosen to be the closing film of the Tribeca Film Festival. A great honor in a great city.”
“Yesterday” is one of the year’s more hotly anticipated titles. Adding it to the Tribeca lineup, in a prime position, no less only heightens the excitement. The Awards Circuit will be at Tribeca, so expect coverage of the film once it closes out the festival.