Ed Sheeran Wasn't Director Danny Boyle's First Choice to Appear in 'Yesterday' Film

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Ed Sheeran attends special screening of Yesterday on June 21, 2019 in Gorleston-on-Sea, England. 

Yesterday director Danny Boyle revealed in a new interview with NME that Ed Sheeran wasn't his first choice to appear in the film. 

The fim follows Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, in a world where everyone forgot who the Beatles were, so Malik pretends to write the classic songs himself. Ed Sheeran plays himself and Malik gets the gig as his opening act, but turns out, Chris Martin was the first choice for the film.   

“He teased us rotten because he found out we’d asked Chris Martin first, so he never let us forget that,” Boyle explained. “And he accused us of asking Harry Styles second, which isn’t true, but we did ask Chris Martin first, so he teases us rotten about that but he gives as good as he gets.”

 “He’s got a good sense of humor which he needed to have otherwise it could have been quite unpleasant," he continued.

Watch the full interview below. Yesterday hits theaters June 28.