There are countless books and movies about the legendary singer, songwriter, activist and artist John Lennon, but far fewer about his life before The Beatles. 'Nowhere Boy' fills in the blanks, beginning with Lennon as a fifteen-year-old raising a little bit of hell in Liverpool. Smart but rebellious, John (Aaron Johnson) bristles under the watch of his straight-laced Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) who raised him. Eventually he seeks out his birth mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), who encourages his interest in music and introduces him to rock and roll. 'Nowhere Boy,' directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, illustrates both the nascence of Lennon's musical career and the tug-of-war he finds himself in between arguably two of the most important women in his life.
Aaron Johnson might be more recognizable to American audiences as wanna-be superhero superhero Dave Lizewski in 'Kick-Ass,' but Brit audiences have been in the know since this Lennon pic opened on Christmas Day in 2009. Since then, it's traveled the world and racked up a number of BAFTA noms for its cast and crew.
Meanwhile, 'Kick-Ass' opened in the US on April 16, 2010, and rumors began flying that Johnson was being considered for the role of Spider-Man or might enroll in 'X-Men: First Class.' Although those have both since been shot down, fans are still hoping for a very quick return to the world of 'Kick-Ass.' (Click here to read Johnson's comments about 'Kick-Ass 2'.) For the time being, though, the bleary-eyed young father is happy to wake up in the middle of the night to share diaper duty with fiancée Taylor-wood and promote 'Nowhere Boy' in anticipation of its release date this Friday.