Chance to Be an Extra in Taymor-Directed Beatles Musical "Across the Universe" Up for Bids

News   Chance to Be an Extra in Taymor-Directed Beatles Musical "Across the Universe" Up for Bids
The upcoming Beatles-scored movie musical, "Across the Universe," directed by The Lion King director Julie Taymor has a spot for you in a walk-on role opposite Bono.

The chance opportunity is being auctioned off on eBay with all proceeds benefitting Off-Broadway's MCC Theater. The close of the internet auction will be Nov. 18 at 7:30 AM (ET), so that the winner may be fitted for a costume at 10:30 AM.

Bidders will "Share the stage as an extra with Bono as he performs 'I am the Walrus,' and be a star for a night!" according to the description. Shooting for the scene will take place in Manhattan Nov. 20 at a location to be disclosed to the winner. At press time, the item had been viewed 1,796 times and bid upon 10 times with the current price at $2,025.

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais who penned "The Commitments" team up again on the screenplay to the film tentatively scheduled for a 2006 release by Revolution Studios.

"Across the Universe" — which previously went by the title "All You Need Is Love" — will follow the love story of a British boy who comes to the Unites States and falls for an American girl during the 1960s. The movie — which is set against the onset of the conflict in Vietnam — will feature 18 songs by the Beatles but not be about the legendary group.

Evan Rachel Wood ("Thirteen," "Pretty Persuasion") stars in the work as the young girl Lucy. Other cast members include Eddie Izzard (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), James Urbaniak (Thom Pain (based on nothing)), Linda Emond, (Life x 3), Halley Wegryn Gross (Hurlyburly) and Faryl Millet (Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky - Goodman Theatre). Taymor made history in 1998 as the first female director to earn the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for her staging of The Lion King — albeit mere moments after Garry Hynes became the first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction — for The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She also earned the Tony for Best Costume Design that night as well. The multi-genre director has lined her resume with Broadway credits (Juan Darien and The Green Bird), film work ("Titus" and "Frida") as well as opera productions ("Oedipus Rex," Metropolitan Opera run of "The Magic Flute" and the recent "Grendel").

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