Musician Finds Himself in Times of Trouble When The Beatles Vanish From Memory in the Film ‘Yesterday’

In the humorously surreal Danny Boyle film Yesterday, a musician named Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) returns from Paris to his rural English town after an unusual electrical event takes place, only to find that The Beatles have been inexplicably completely erased from history. No one knows who they are, even after Malik plays some of their most iconic songs. Despite his sincere protestations, Malik allows himself to be recruited by a slippery American agent (Kate McKinnon) to become perform the songs as if they were his own, with the entire world none the wiser. The more famous Malik becomes, the more he realizes that all he really needs is love with his hometown sweetheart Ella (Lily James).

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

The film premieres in theaters June 28, 2019.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.