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Danny Boyle Aims For “Life Affirming” Message With Beatles Infused ‘Yesterday’

Oscar winning director Danny Boyle is skilled at incorporating music into his diverse array of films, as evidenced with the scores and individual tracks featured for Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, and Sunshine. With his latest film Yesterday, music is absolutely front and center with a little help from the Fab Five.

Director Danny Boyle and Himesh Patel on the set of “Yesterday.” Photo Credit: Jonathan Prime/Universal Pictures

Yesterday centers on a struggling musician named Jack (Himesh Patel) who lives in a world where The Beatles don’t exist. Since he is the only one who has heard of their songs, Jack pawns their songs off as his own and becomes a worldwide sensation!

“I hope similar to what you get from their music really, which is a kind of joy” said director Danny Boyle. “There is a slight note of melancholy always within Beatles music but the joys are even more profound because of that. I hope people take a life affirming wonder from it at the end, really. The songs are extraordinary and the performances are wonderful.”

London UK : Cast & crew attend the UK Premiere of Yesterday on 18th June 2018 in London. (Credit James Gillham /

Click on the media bar to hear Boyle talk about casting Ed Sheeran in the film (Chris Martin was the original choice!)

What are some of your favorite Danny Boyle films? Are you excited to check out Yesterday? Feel free to comment below!

Co-starring Lily James, Yesterday opens nationwide June 28.


Greg Srisavasdi
I've been a movie reviewer/interview since 1991 (as a UCLA Daily Bruin scribe), worked at Westwood One, Deepest Dream owner, co-editor of Hollywood Outbreak, podcast co-host of "CinemAddicts" and "Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars." I can be reached at for inquiries or whatever the case may be!

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