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Jay Leno takes on the role of iconic television host Ed Sullivan in Beatles movie Midas Man


Jay Leno makes surprise return to acting as he takes on the role of iconic television host Ed Sullivan in Beatles movie Midas Man


Jay Leno will make his return to acting in Midas Man, an upcoming film about the life of The Beatles‘ manager Brian Epstein.

According to Deadline, the 71-year-old television host is set to play another TV icon Ed Sullivan, host of the classic variety show The Ed Sullivan Show.  

Jay’s last on-screen movie role was in 1989 when he starred as Detective Tony Costas opposite Pat Morita in the action-comedy Collision Course.

Exciting: Jay Leno will make his return to acting in Midas Man, an upcoming film about the life of The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Seen in 2020

The former Tonight Show with Jay Leno host has made appearances as himself in numerous movies including Ted 2, Wag the Dog and Contact.

 He has also voiced characters in films including Ice Age: The Meltdown, Igor and Cars and guest starred on series including The Drew Carey Show and Last Man Standing.

Jay is currently hosting a revival of Groucho Marx’s game show You Bet Your Life, which began airing on Fox in September.  

Good casting: According to Deadline , the 71-year-old television host is set to play another TV icon Ed Sullivan, host of the classic variety show The Ed Sullivan Show. Seen in 1956

Return to acting: Jay's last on-screen movie role was in 1989 when he starred as Detective Tony Costas opposite Pat Morita in the action-comedy Collision Course. Seen in 2019

Good casting: According to Deadline , the 71-year-old television host is set to play another TV icon Ed Sullivan, host of the classic variety show The Ed Sullivan Show

The Queen’s Gambit star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, 33, will play the lead role of Epstein. 

Midas Man will also star Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Lukas Gage, Rosie Day and Bill Milner.

Sara Sugarman recently replaced Jonas Akerlund as director. Production started in October but temporarily halted due to Akerlund’s departure.

Deadline reports that production in Liverpool is expected to resume at end of this month and will move to the U.S. early next year.

New show: Jay is currently hosting a revival of Groucho Marx's game show You Bet Your Life, which began airing on Fox in September. Seen in March 2021

New show: Jay is currently hosting a revival of Groucho Marx’s game show You Bet Your Life, which began airing on Fox in September. Seen in March 2021

Classic: The Ed Sullivan Show was the longest-running variety show in TV history. Seen in 1956

Classic: The Ed Sullivan Show was the longest-running variety show in TV history. Seen in 1956

The film will explore Epstein’s role in The Beatles’ rise to global fame and his lasting impact on pop culture.  

Epstein, who was often referred to as the ‘Fifth Beatle’, discovered the band in 1961 and managed the group until his death in 1967.

The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Their appearance was watched by a then-record 73 million viewers.

Cultural watershed: The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Their appearance was watched by a then-record 73 million viewers. Seen in 1967

Cultural watershed: The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. Their appearance was watched by a then-record 73 million viewers. Seen in 1967

The episode is regarded as a cultural milestone that ushered in American Beatlemania as well as the British Invasion of American pop music.

The Beatles went on to make two additional appearances on the show in February of 1964 and returned in May 1965.

The band gave their last live performance on the show in August 1965.  

The Ed Sullivan Show was the longest-running variety show in TV history. The show aired 1,068 episodes over 24 seasons from 1948 to 1971.

The Fifth Beatle: Epstein, who was often referred to as the 'Fifth Beatle', discovered the band in 1961 and managed the group until his death in 1967. L-R: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Epstein, Paul McCartney and John Lennon seen in 1963

The Fifth Beatle: Epstein, who was often referred to as the ‘Fifth Beatle’, discovered the band in 1961 and managed the group until his death in 1967. L-R: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Epstein, Paul McCartney and John Lennon seen in 1963

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