Jean-Marc Vallée has been a critical darling for the past few years now, thanks to the Matthew McConaughey drama Dallas Buyers Club, and his work with HBO on such Event Series as Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects. Now, Vallée is looking to bait that Oscar hook once again, as he's boarded an upcoming John Lennon/Yoko Ono love story, written by The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten.
Produced by Michael De Luca (who's been collaborating with Ono directly regarding the film's development), Vallée will direct and edit the movie, as well as provide a pass on McCarten's existing draft (which Universal is still in negotiations to option). So, as usual, nearly every element of the movie is going to have the filmmaker's fingerprints all over it.
In case you're from Mars or something, John Lennon was one of the The Beatles. They were a band from the UK that was a pretty big deal. Yoko Ono is an artist, musician and performer. The two met at one of Ono's exhibits in '66, where John was being kind of an asshole and asked if he could hammer nails into one of her paintings. Shit got real. They married in '69 (nice). The Beatles broke up after writing a song about their love affair. John went solo. Some fans still hate Yoko, blaming her for the group's disbanding. Then a guy shot John. Spoiler alert, I suppose.
No news on a start date yet, as obviously some details still need to be hammered out, but this is pretty exciting news. Vallée is one of our premier mainstream filmmakers, and watching him tackle these icons with his unique (often depressing) sensibilities will be pretty intriguing. We'll keep you updated as things progress. In the meantime, fan-cast John and Yoko below. I nominate Tilda Swinton to play both.