But the resemblance between Levine’s film role and real life is hardly a reason to write off Begin Again. The move was directed by John Carney of Once fame, where The Swell Season‘s Glen Hasard and Marketa Irglova charmed critics by playing two musicians who fall in love as they write music, despite not having any prior acting experience. Begin Again also stars Kiera Knightly as Levine‘s girlfriend, who teams with Mark Ruffalo as a producer and Cee Lo Green as Cee Lo Green (or so it seems, anyway).
The Begin Again soundtrack is out July 1. Watch the trailer featuring Levine’s “Lost Stars” up top.
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