Aaron Johnson expands his acting palate with the challenging role of a teen John Lennon before he hit it big with The Beatles in 'Nowhere Boy,' and the 'Kick-Ass' star tells ET the film is about the music icon "as a boy becoming a man, and really finding love, and discovering his art form."
In theaters October 8, 'Nowhere Boy' follows Lennon as he grows up a young lad in working class Liverpool, circa 1955. A smart and troubled 15-year-old, Lennon yearns for a normal family life, but is caught between Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up Aunt who raised him, and Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), the prodigal mother.
"He grew up with his aunt Mimi 'til about 15, and then discovered his mother was living around the corner," explains Aaron.
Looking to rock 'n' roll music as an outlet, Lennon finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney, and the foundations of a legendary band begin…
As for playing one of the most influential artists in music history, Aaron shrugs, "I did as much research as possible, and then I kind of just went out and did it without sort of thinking [about] what people would have thought."
Aaron adds that he has met Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, who are "huge supporters of the film," and "they gave their blessing pretty early on, and gave the rights to quite crucial songs in the film."