John Carney’s Can a Song Save Your Life? is shaping up to have quite the star-studded and musically-talented cast. Latest to join the already-impressive line-up is singer-songwriter, Cee Lo Green.
Can a Song Save Your Life? Or, indeed, a film? We’ve seen a fair few modern musicals in recent years (Mama Mia, Footloose, Rock of Ages etc), and not all of them good. Will the upcoming project, from Apatow Productions, manage to break to the mould?
Grammy Award winner, Cee Lo Green, is likely to prove a welcome addition to the musical side of things. He’ll also be joining Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine, whom he currently works with as a vocal coach on the US TV talent show, The Voice. In Can a Song Save Your Life? Levine will take on the role of an aspiring singer who ditches his girlfriend (in the form of Keira Knightley) when he gets a chance at hitting the big time in New York.
Meanwhile, it seems that Knightley might also have the chance to exercise her vocal chords, as her character (Gretta) is discovered by a down-on-his-luck record producer, played by Mark Ruffalo. He calls upon a few favours from Troublegum – a hip hop artist he discovered some years ago, played by Cee Lo himself – in order set about turning her into a star and re-establishing his own career. Luckily we already know that she can warble her way to a half-decent tune, following her singing stint in the The Edge of Love – take a look at her in action here!
Can a Song Save Your Life? also stars Hailee Steinfeld, who received much critical acclaim following her début role in 2010’s True Grit, as well as Catherine Keener, who you’ll no doubt recognise from the likes of Capote and Being John Malkovich.
Irishman John Carney, who already has some experience with musical films having created 2006’s low-budget hit Once, is both the writer and director behind this feature. He’ll be working alongside former New Radicals frontman, Gregg Alexander, on the music for the film.
Can a Song Save Your Life? starts filming in New York next week and is currently scheduled for a 2013 release date – we’ll keep you posted!