Liam Gallagher reportedly wants Jared Leto to play John Lennon in his upcoming Beatles film.

The Beady Eye frontman is producing an adaptation of Richard DiLello's book The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary of The Beatles, and a source told The Sun that Leto and Ethan Hawke are on Gallagher's short-list to play Lennon.

The source said: "He knows he's not going to manage to entice someone like Brad Pitt but he wants high-calibre people who are more on the indie scene of Hollywood. He thinks actors such as Jared and Ethan would be perfect."

Leto previously played Lennon's killer Mark Chapman in the 2007 biopic Chapter 27.