Quinn, Harris play Paul, John for VH1

'Let it be' helmer Lindsay-Hogg to direct pic

NEW YORK — Aidan Quinn will portray Paul McCartney and Jared Harris will play John Lennon in VH1’s third original telefilm, “Two of Us.”

The Viacom Prods. film is set in 1976, six years after the breakup of the Beatles, when, according to rock lore, McCartney paid Lennon an uninvited visit at his home in the Dakota apartment building in Gotham. Though the meeting never occurred, the fictional film explores the question of what might have happened had the encounter really come to pass.

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The VH1 telefilm will be directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, whose credits include the Beatles’ final film together, “Let It Be.”

Bob Aaronson and Leon Falk will serve as executive producers on “Two of Us,” which was written by newcomer Mark Stanfield.

The cable film is scheduled to be begin shooting in October.

Quinn’s credits include “This Is My Father,” “In Dreams,” “Practical Magic,” and “Legends of the Fall.”

Harris portrayed Andy Warhol in “I Shot Andy Warhol,” and has also appeared in “B. Monkey,” “Lost in Space” and “Happiness.”

VH1’s first two original films, “Sweetwater” and “Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol,” each averaged about a 1.7 rating in VH1 homes, according to Nielsen Media Research. That’s about three times VH1’s average primetime rating.

The music cabler’s development slate also includes biopics “Meat Loaf” and “The Monkees” as well as “Guitar,” a Doug Chapin/Barry Krost production that documents the story of one acoustic guitar and the artists who played it.