Mark McGann, a fellow Liverpudlian who already has experience portraying John Lennon, has been signed to play the slain ex-Beatle in NBC's TV movie about the life of Lennon and his widow, Yoko Ono, the network said.
He replaces Mark Lindsay, who was fired June 26 by NBC and Carson Productions, the movie's co-producers, after it was revealed that Lindsay's real name was Mark Chapman, the same as that of Lennon's assassin, who is serving a life sentence in prison.
"It was real unfortunate," McGann said of his predecessor when contacted by reporters. "I was very, very sad for the bloke. I hadn't even thought about screen-testing for the show before I read about what happened to him."
But it was a fortunate stroke for McGann, who was awarded the role in "Imagine: The Story of John and Yoko" on the day he turned 24.