In his first movie role since 2017, Jay Leno takes on the role of another long-running television host: Ed Sullivan. Leno will appear in Midas Man, which charts the role of Beatles manager Brian Epstein in ’60s pop.
Currently in production, Midas Man stars The ‘Queen’s Gambit’s Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as the late Beatles manager. The project also stars Emily Watson (Punch-Drunk Love), Eddie Marsan, Lukas Gage (The white lotus), Rosie Day and Bill Milner.
The Ed Sullivan Show ran on CBS from 1948-71 and served as the blueprint for variety shows. The Beatles performed many times The Ed Sullivan Show, including what was their first performance in front of an American audience. Their first performance, broadcast on February 9, 1964, was watched by 73 million viewers, which was a record for the time. It is considered the incendiary incident that launched American Beatlemania and the wider British Invasion.
As a comedian, Leno has long hosted The Tonight Show. Leno picked up the gig in 1992 and hosted the late night show until 2009. After a one-year hiatus — during which Conan O’Brian took on the host role — Leno returned to direct the show again until 2014. Shortly after his departure, Leno was inducted into the Television Hall Of Fame. He has taken on many film and television roles as himself, most notably in cars, in which he appeared as Jay Limo.
Production for Midas Man recently went into a forced hiatus as producers looked for a new director to replace Jonas Akerlund after other projects were thought to be hindering his work on set. They’ve since brought in Sara Sugarman to direct the rest of the function. Sugarman is best known for directing the feature film Lindsey Lohan Confessions of a Teen Drama Queen.
No release date has been set for Midas Man.