I’ve never been one to love musicals, but I’ve found that has begun to change in current years. First came Moulin Rouge, than late last year Dreamgirls blew me away. And now comes the movie trailer for Across the Universe. If you’re a fan of the Beatles, you’re sure to love this.
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This looks like it could be incredible.
Described as a “romantic musical” told through numerous Beatles songs performed by the characters. A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock ‘n roll, the film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with ï¿½Dr. Robertï¿½ (Bono) and ï¿½Mr. Kiteï¿½ (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy ï¿½ against all odds ï¿½ to find their own way back to each other.
From Academy Award nominated director Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus), Universe stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Martin Luther, Eddie Izzard, Salma Hayek, Bono, Dana Fuchs and T.V. Carpio.
On a side note, if you have yet to hear the cover of Across the Universe that Fiona Apple did for the Pleasentville soundtrack, check it out below. The music video is directed by Apple’s then boyfriend director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love). You may even notice a cameo from John C. Reilly near the end. It’s actually an incredible music video.
Across The Universe hits theaters on September 28th, 2007.