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Outlander star Rosie Day to play Cilla Black in new movie Midas Man

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Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images

New biopic Midas Man has found its Cilla Black in Outlander actress Rosie Day.

The upcoming film follows the story of music manager Brian Epstein, who oversaw acts such as Black and famously helped to launch The Beatles to global fame, earning the nickname the 'Fifth Beatle'.

Day, who plays Mary Hawkins in Outlander and has also appeared in Good Omens and McDonald & Dodds, will play the iconic singer and future Blind Date host.

Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Gerard Basset Foundation
Photo credit: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Gerard Basset Foundation

Related: Outlander drops first-look footage at season 6

Taking to Twitter to announce the news, the star referenced Black's iconic TV show as she wrote: "Surprise Surprise".

Alongside the news, a first look at actor Jacob Fortune-Lloyd in character as Epstein has been revealed, which you can take a look at below:

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Jonas Åkerlund will direct Midas Man, with the script written by Jonathan Wakeham, based on a screen story by Brigit Grant. An autumn 2022 release date expected.

The movie is also set to star Chernobyl's Emily Watson, Ridley Road's Eddie Marsan, It's A Sin's Omari Douglas, Euphoria's Lukas Gage and Dunkirk's Charley Palmer Rothwell.

Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images

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Black was previously played by Sheridan Smith in ITV's Cilla, which attracted huge ratings for the broadcaster when it aired back in 2014.

The real singer passed away in 2015, though praised Smith before the series aired, telling Digital Spy: "I love her. She's fabulous. We went to dinner and I gave her my cell phone number.

"I said, 'If you ever fall down on anything and you want a little of advice', but she hasn't phoned me yet, so everything must be going swimmingly."

Midas Man will be released in 2022.

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