It looks like The Beatles are going to get a good dose of Doctor Who in the coming year. Variety reports that in a rather nice twist, the man who kicked off the Who revitalization, Christopher Eccleston, is slated to star as John Lennon for an upcoming BBC Four biopic called Naked Lennon. The story will focus on the big turning point for Lennon between 1967 and 1971 -- the dissolution of the band, death of manager Brian Epstein, the end of his first marriage, and then, of course, the entry of Yoko Ono into his life.

Naoko Mori, who played Toshiko in Torchwood, will play Yoko Ono. (For Hackers buffs out there, she also played the Tokyo Hacker back in the 1995 movie.) Rounding out the cast is Rory Kinnear as Epstein, Claudie Blakley as Cynthia, and Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney.

Now this is a BBC movie, but considering the reach of Red Riding, I imagine this could stretch beyond the UK's TV screens. There's the fact that The Beatles have been seeing a lot of love in the CD and video game world, and Lennon usually doesn't get much cinematic love save retro pieces in a cameo capacity. The tide changed this year with Nowhere Boy -- so we'll have to wait and see. But what do you think about the casting? Can Naoko and Who pull off a convincing John and Yoko?
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