Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Joins Can a Song Save Your Life?
August 2, 2012
Yasiin Bey, better known by his former stage name of Mos Def, has joined the cast of John Carney's Can a Song Save Your Life? opposite Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener and Cee Lo Green. 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. Sheís 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 otherís 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.
Bey will play Saul, Danís longtime business partner in the recording industry.