Adam Levine, People‘s sexiest man alive for 2013, has a supporting role in his first full-length film. Begin Again, directed by John Carney and once known as Can a Song Save Your Life, features a star-studded cast that will be working with Levine. Starring celebrated actors like Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, this movie already promises greatness. With the addition of Adam, the Maroon 5 front-man, it also promises to attract a whole new demographic.
Adam Levine plays Dave, a man that moves to New York with his girlfriend, Gretta (Kiera Knightley), in order to try to strike it big in the music business. When he is led to believe Gretta might stand in his way, Dave breaks up with her. In the meantime, Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is fired from his job as a recording executive. In the midst of a nervous breakdown, Dan finds Gretta and they begin to work together.
There’s some debate around the blog-o-sphere as to whether this is a Dramedy or a Rom-Com. From the description and trailer (featured above), it seems more like a Rom-Com. However, either genre would be a huge step away from the most recent TV part Levine held.
In 2012, Adam Levine played Leo Morrison in American Horror Story. Without revealing too much, it can be said that the part was extremely bloody and very heavy on the “horror” part of the show. That means Adam’s stepping out of his comfort zone in three different ways: moving from music to acting, crossing genres (horror to comedy) and moving from the small screen to the big screen. Some fans are a little skeptical of what that could mean for his performance, but with RottenTomatoes scoring Begin Again 99% among audience members, some of that skepticism should be waning soon.
Many people believe that Levine’s first step into acting was his cameo appearance in 30 Rock. They are wrong. Adam Levine’s first band, Kara’s Flowers, released one album (The Fourth World) and appeared in an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 shortly after. Levine played himself and was uncredited, but record of it does appear on IMDb.
Surrounded by acting veterans and attracting fans of his own from Maroon 5 and his parts on TV, Adam Levine seems to be a good choice for debuting in a full-length film. Especially since he’ll be playing something he knows pretty well, a musician.
Begin Again hits theaters on July 4. What do you think? Will you be going to see Adam Levine in his big-screen debut?