Singing the Beatles as a warm-up for Bono?

Julie Taymor, director of Across the Universe, must have liked what she heard from leads Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood so much that she’d like to cast them again to sing Bono and Edge’s songbook for the still-in-development Spiderman Broadway musical. (Presumably, Bono must have liked what he heard too.)

Maybe you caught that in The Daily Mail last November, when Taymor said she’d have to “go through a web” to get Sturgess and Wood for the musical. Actually, she at least got them to read for the parts last July during casting calls, as many places have already reported.

Just last month Taymor told Marc Malkin, of Planet Gossip for E! Online: “We had a workshop reading with Jim as Peter and Evan as Mary Jane. I would love for them to do it. But I don’t know. It’s all about timing. Jim is new to the movie thing, and he has, like, four movies coming out.”

Would Sturgess and Wood let a little thing like “timing” get in the way?
(Most speculations — okay, rumors — are saying the musical won’t open until late 2008 at the earliest. Maybe during the holiday season?)

Would you like to hear them singing Bono and Edge? And if they can’t work it out, then who should be choices #2?

2 Responses to Singing the Beatles as a warm-up for Bono?

  1. SisterMoon January 24, 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    I would LOVE to see that! I totally fell in love with Jim in “Across the Universe,” and I thought Evan had a beautiful voice. So put Jim Sturgess in a play singing Bono and Edge’s music, and I see a trip to New York in my future.

  2. Jono January 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm #

    Sounds like a great gig! I’d be interested in that role…
    I’m the singer, Jono, from last night’s U2 Tribute Band, Miracle Drug, at the Hard Rock Cafe – Boston U23D After-Party event.
    No doubt Jim Sturgess is first on the list though. He’s an amazing talent.
    SisterMoon, thanks for posting those pix of me and the band last night here at We had three people that were suppose to show up to handle taking some pictures for us; all three never showed up! Oh well.
    Would you mind if I posted them on our website at
    I have a temporary link so people cna go see them. We’ll give you a shout out on the webpage. If not that’s cool too.

    God Bless,