.  In July 2019, Danny Boyle said he was not aware of any earlier works that had a similar premise when he read the script, but only recently became aware of a French film and British sitcom with a similar premise.  Reception [ edit ] Box office [ edit ]
^ Keslassy, Elsa; Keslassy, Elsa (26 June 2019).
"Graphic Novel 'Yesterday' From 2011 Similar to Danny Boyle Film Is Posted Online for Free".
^ "Lily James in Talks to Star in Danny Boyle Comedy (Exclusive)". ^ "Hollywood is hoping music biopics are their new golden ticket". ^ a b c "Yesterday (2019)". In the United States and Canada, the film was projected to gross $10–15 million from 2,603 theaters in its opening weekend. 1 million on its first day, including $1. 25 million from Thursday night previews.
The opening day audiences were mostly aged over 25 (75%), female (56%), and Caucasian (65%). It ended up exceeding projections, debuting to $17 million, and finishing third behind Toy Story 4 and Annabelle Comes Home. 
^ Rubin, Rebecca (25 June 2019) .
"Danny Boyle on 'Yesterday,' Leaving 'Bond 25' and Why the Beatles Still Rock".
^ Keslassy, Elsa; Keslassy, Elsa (26 June 2019). "Graphic Novel 'Yesterday' From 2011 Similar to Danny Boyle Film Is Posted Online for Free". ^ Freud, Emma (21 April 2018). "We began shooting our new movie today". ^ "Vous en parlerez aujourd'hui.
"Yesterday", un plagiat d'aujourd'hui ?". ^ "Movie Reviews: Beatles film 'Yesterday' weaves fantasy with a down-to-Earth moral". "Yesterday" is an underdog, jukebox musical without an ounce of cynicism.
Camille Chen as Wendy
^ "Graphic Novel with Same Name & Premise as Danny Boyle's Yesterday Released Online for Free".
^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (27 April 2018). " 'New Girl's Lamorne Morris Joins Universal's Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis Comedy". ^ "Yesterday (2019)".
^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (30 June 2019). 1 With $58M Before 'Spider-Man' Mania, 'Annabelle 3' Jump Scares To 31M+, 'Yesterday' $17M+ – Sunday Final". In February 2019, it was announced that the title of the film was Yesterday.
 It is estimated to have cost around $10 million to get the rights for the Beatles' songs to be featured in the film, with the rights to their music being held by Apple Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.  Scenes with de Armas, who played another love interest for Jack, were cut as test audiences felt it made Jack less sympathetic.  Release [ edit ]
Robert Carlyle as John Lennon  (uncredited)
Sarah Lancashire as Liz
^ Yesterday , retrieved 4 July 2019
^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (8 May 2018).
"Danny Boyle & Richard Curtis Untitled Romantic Comedy Adds Three" . Doctor Who: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men".
^ "Kate McKinnon in Talks to Join Lily James in Danny Boyle Comedy". ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (24 April 2018). "Ana de Armas Makes A Date With Danny Boyle Untitled Romantic Comedy".
Michael Kiwanuka as himself
Himesh Patel as Jack Malik
^ Chitwood, Adam (15 April 2018). "Ed Sheeran in Talks to Join Danny Boyle's Beatles-Themed Musical Comedy". The first official trailer of the film was released on 12 February 2019. 
^ "« Yesterday » de Danny Boyle, calqué sur une BD française?".
In other territories, the film opened to $7. 8 million, including $2,809,371 in the United Kingdom (where it finished second behind Toy Story 4) and $2,528,013 in Australia.   Critical response [ edit ]
^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (25 June 2019).
" 'Toy Story 4' Climbs To $135M+ Through 4-Days & Will Dominate Next Weekend Before 'Spider-Man' Swings In – Preview".
^ Bamigboye, Baz (2 March 2018). "Yeah yeah yeah! Danny Boyle's filming a Beatles musical". Sophia Di Martino as Carol
^ "Does Himesh Patel sing and play guitar in Yesterday the movie?". Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film four out of five stars, writing "although this film can be a bit hokey and uncertain on narrative development, the puppyish zest and fun summoned up by Curtis and Boyle carry it along.
"  Robbie Collin also responded positively in his review for The Daily Telegraph, saying the film "rallies in style for a beautifully judged and surprisingly moving finale, which owes a lot to Patel and James's chemistry. "  Owen Gleiberman of Variety, meanwhile, was less enthusiastic, claiming the film had little soul and calling it a "rom-com wallpapered with the Beatles' greatness. "  Controversy [ edit ]
Lamorne Morris as Head of Marketing
Several news outlets have pointed out the similarities between the movie and a 2011 graphic novel with the same name and plot written by French author David Blot.
  Users of the IMDb have started compiling a list of similarities between the two.   See also [ edit ]
Harry Michell as Nick
Later in March 2018, Lily James and Kate McKinnon joined the cast.   Boyle informed the surviving members and widows of the band about the film and received a reply he described as "lovely" from Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
 In April 2018, it was revealed that Ed Sheeran had joined the cast and would potentially also write new music for the film, which would also include Beatles songs.   Later that month, Ana de Armas and Lamorne Morris had also joined the cast.   In May 2018, Sophia Di Martino, Joel Fry and Harry Michell joined.
^ Ryder, Alistair (15 May 2018). "Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis are looking for extras in Cambridgeshire" . ^ "Yesterday (2019) Reviews". ^ McNary, Dave (14 March 2019).
"Danny Boyle's Beatles Movie 'Yesterday' Selected as Tribeca Closing Night Film". Archived from the original on 31 March 2019.
^ "Danny Boyle's Lily James-Kate McKinnon Comedy Lands Fall 2019 Release". ^ "Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis Team for Universal Comedy". ^ Rubin, Rebecca (30 June 2019).
"Box Office: 'Toy Story 4' Bests 'Annabelle Comes Home' and 'Yesterday '". Universal is hoping “Yesterday” has a long and winding road in theaters.
The jukebox musical pulled in $7. 7 million from foreign markets, bringing its weekend total to $24.
^ Gleiberman, Owen (4 May 2019) . " 'Yesterday' Review: A Fairy Tale in Which the Beatles Get Rebooted". Manga Rock - Online Manga Reader.
^ Collin, Robbie (5 May 2019). "Yesterday review: Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis make a dream duo". Karl Theobald as Terry
^ "Who Plays [SPOILER] In Yesterday?". ^ Bradshaw, Peter (5 May 2019).
Parallel universes in fiction
^ a b c Thompson, Anne (2 July 2019). " 'Yesterday': Ed Sheeran's Smart Casting Advice Saved Danny Boyle's Beatles Rom-Com". ^ "Danny Boyle's new Beatles musical was being filmed in north Essex".
^ Hayes, Dade (14 March 2019). "Tribeca Slots Danny Boyle's 'Yesterday' As Closing-Night Film, Galas For Trey Anastasio Doc, 'Apocalypse Now,' 'Say Anything … '". ^ "Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle on Yesterday, Ed Sheeran & Notting Hill". Yesterday is a singalong fantasy film, a gold-plated jukebox musical directed by Boyle and written by Curtis from an idea by screenwriter Jack Barth.
Meera Syal as Shelia Malik
^ Thorpe, Vanessa (28 April 2019). "A world where the Beatles never existed inspires new Danny Boyle film". ^ Browne, David (25 June 2019).
"How 'Yesterday' Breathes New Life Into the Beatles' Music".
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 61% based on 253 reviews, with an average rating of 6. The site's critical consensus reads: " Yesterday may fall short of fab, but the end result is still a sweetly charming fantasy with an intriguing—albeit somewhat under-explored—premise.
"  On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".  Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an 87% overall positive score and a 63% "definite recommend". 
Karma Sood as young Jack Malik
^ "Danny Boyle Feared 'Yesterday' Movie Might Upset the Beatles".
^ Grater, Tom (1 July 2019). " 'Toy Story 4' comfortably holds off 'Yesterday' at UK box office". ^ Itzkoff, Dave (28 June 2019). "The Long and Winding Road to 'Yesterday,' a Film Full of Beatles Music". Isekai, a Japanese fantasy subgenre where a normal person gets transported to another world
^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (19 September 2018). "Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis Musical Comedy Tunes Up For Summer 2019 Release – Update". ^ Steward, Michael (21 June 2019). "Ed Sheeran attends Gorleston premiere of Beatles-inspired film Yesterday". Filming began on 21 April 2018,  with production in the United Kingdom starting on 26 April 2018, with scenes filmed all around Suffolk in Halesworth, Dunwich, Shingle Street, Latitude Festival and Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.  A casting call was issued for extras in overnight scenes shot immediately after Sheeran's four consecutive concerts at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in May 2018.
 A further 5,000 extras were also recruited to appear in scenes shot on Gorleston-on-Sea Beach in Norfolk in June 2018.  Wembley Stadium was also used to film a concert scene. 
As of 2 July 2019 [update], Yesterday has grossed $21.
4 million in the United States and Canada, and $7. 8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $29.
Justin Edwards as Leo
Yesterday at Rotten Tomatoes
Sanjeev Bhaskar as Jed Malik
^ Hollywood Reporter [@thr] (13 February 2019). " 'Yesterday' explores what would happen when only one man remembers The Beatles.
Co/kDmQW36pwW" (Tweet) – via Twitter. Ellise Chappell as Lucy
Ed Sheeran as himself
^ "Yesterday (2019) - International Box Office Results". Joel Fry as Rocky
^ "IN THE PIPELINE: First Trailer For Danny Boyle & Writer Richard Curtis's Yesterday Ready & Arriving Very Soon". Kate McKinnon as Debra Hammer
Production [ edit ]
^ Wiseman, Andreas (15 April 2018).
"Ed Sheeran In Talks For Danny Boyle-Richard Curtis Music-Themed Comedy Movie". The film's concept was initially proposed by Jack Barth to writer Richard Curtis, who loved the idea and wanted to write a script about it.  In March 2018, it was announced that director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis were working together on a musical comedy that would be set in the 1960s or 1970s and centre on "a struggling musician who thinks he's the only person who can remember the Beatles" with Himesh Patel cast in the lead role.
  Ed Sheeran's supporting role was originally intended for Chris Martin, who turned it down.  For the lead role, Patel was selected out of many actors who auditioned, with Boyle convinced Patel was the right choice after listening to him perform " Yesterday" and " Back in the U.
 Boyle felt that Patel's voice had soul; Sheeran agreed.  In addition to acting, the Beatles cover songs in the film are sung by Patel, who also plays the guitar and piano. 
^ "Danny Boyle et Richard Curtis ont-ils plagié une bande dessinée française pour «Yesterday» ?". James Corden as himself
Yesterday on IMDb
Jaimie Kollmer as young Ellie Appleton
^ a b Mottram, J.
The Big Interview: Danny Boyle "The Academy Award-winning director on his new film, Yesterday, working with Richard Curtis, his childhood Beatles memories and his Bond 25 adventure.
Alexander Arnold as Gavin
Lily James as Ellie Appleton
^ Reyes, Mike (26 June 2019). "Yesterday Cut An Entire Character From The Film That Would Have Changed The Plot". ^ Bevan, Nathan (16 April 2018). "Ed Sheeran is rumoured to be in Danny Boyle's new film". The film was initially set to be released on 13 September 2019 but was moved up to 28 June.
 It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 4 May 2019 .  A local premiere of the film took place at the Gorleston Palace cinema on 21 June 2019.