Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media, announced today that Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green has joined the cast of Can A Song Save Your Life?. Green joins previously announced cast members Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine and Catherine Keener in writer/director John Carney’s (Once) new film, which will start production on July 2nd in New York City. Green portrays “Troublegum,” a very successful hip hop star.
Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman will produce the film with Judd Apatow attached as Executive Producer of the Exclusive Media production.
The film’s creative team includes award winning cinematographer Yaron Orbach and production designer Chad Keith. Writer/director John Carney is working with Grammy-award winning songwriter, Gregg Alexander, on the music for the film.
Exclusive Media’s Head of Production, Tobin Armbrust, will oversee production on the film. Sales are being handled by Alex Walton, Exclusive Medias President of International Sales and Distribution.
A world renowned singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor, Cee Lo Green originally came to prominence as a member of the critically acclaimed Southern hip hop group Goodie Mob and later formed the hugely popular Gnarls Barkley as well as established a very successful solo career. Recently, Green wrapped the second season of the popular television series “The Voice.”Green is represented by Larry Mestel at Primary Wave Talent Management who negotiated the deal on his behalf.
The film is described as follows:
Seduced by dreams of making it in the big city, Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend (Levine) move to New York to pursue their passion for music. Shes heartbroken when he dumps her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, leaving her all on her own. Left to sleep on the couch of an old friend, Gretta reluctantly agrees to play an open mic night before departing the city for home. Her world takes a turn for the better when a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing and is immediately captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity – they may be each others last chance to turn their lives around.
Recruiting street musicians, amateurs, and professionals borrowed from the posse of Troublegum (Green), a hip-hop artist he discovered years ago, Dan throws himself into producing for Gretta. Fueled by his enthusiasm, Gretta begins to develop confidence as a performer and songwriter. Dan hopes that his new direction will repair his marriage with his estranged wife Miriam (Keener) and reclaim the respect of his daughter Violet (Steinfeld). Somewhere between friendship and their love of music, the two strangers strike a chord that captures the hearts of everyone around them, proving that every great story has its own soundtrack.
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