FILMING has been taking place in St Helens for a new film telling the story of Brian Epstein – the founder of The Beatles.

Former Pilkington Glass headquarters Alexandra Business Park has been taking the spotlight once again as film crews rocked up to use the venue for the filming about the life of Brian Epstein.

The working title – which is subject to change – is Midas Man.

So who was Brian Epstein?

The film tracks how Brian rose to prominence by managing a series of popular artists including The Beatles, Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers before his sudden death in 1967 at the age of 32.

What do we know about Midas Man?

The film is starring some big names.

Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is playing Brian with Emily Watson starring as his mother Malka, and Eddie Marsan playing his father Harry, while It's A Sin star Omari Douglas will appear as Lonnie Trimble, Brian's confidant and friend.

When will it be released?

Midas Man does not currently have a release date but will be released in the UK and Ireland by Signature UK.

Production on the film had to pause when director Jonas Akerlund took a break from the film and ultimately stepped down.

He has now been replaced by director Sara Sugarman whose previous work includes House Of Versace and Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen.

St Helens Star: The former Pilkington Head OfficeThe former Pilkington Head Office (Image: Andrew George)

She said: “The actors playing the Beatles are an extraordinary group. “They ooze that very visceral feeling of the 60s, are charming, playful, and so authentic, and I have no doubt that Jay Leno will capture the essence of Ed Sullivan perfectly.

“His own experience as an American television host will bring forward a natural and accurate portrayal and add an incredible element of modern showbiz to the story.”