American R&B singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green has been added to the cast of Irish director John Carney’s romantic drama ‘Can a Song Save Your Life?’
Green will play hip-hop star Troublegum in the music-themed feature, which is being directed by Dublin-born ‘Once’ director.
Green joins a number of well-known faces including his ‘The Voice’ co-star Adam Levine, Oscar-nominees Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and Catherine Keener, as well as Tony Award-winner James Corden.
‘Can a Song Save Your Life?’ sees Ruffalo’s character come to the aid of Knightley, playing aspiring musician Greta, when he backs her music carrer after her boyfriend (Levine) dumps her to embark on his own solo career. Green’s character will play a friend of Ruffalo’s music producer character, while Corden will play Knightley’s best friend.
Green is best known for his worldwide number one hit ‘Crazy’ which he released in 2006 with his group Gnarls Barkley. In 2010 he enjoyed similar success as a solo artist with the release of ‘Forget You’. He was a coach on the US version of ‘The Voice’ alongside Levine, Christina Aguilera, and country singer Blake Shelton. He has played part roles in a number of productions, including 1999’s ‘Mystery Men’. He will be seen next in the upcoming drama ‘Sparkle’, which stars the late Whitney Houston.
‘Can a Song Save Your Life?’ is being produced by Apatow Productions, with its founder Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) on board to executive produce with Sam Hoffman, Anthony Bregman and Tobin Armbrust.
Carney, who shot to fame after his 2006 music-based romantic drama ‘Once’ won an Oscar for Best Original Song, is due to begin principal photography on his latest film in New York in July.