Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media, announced today that Award winning actor / musician Yasiin Bey, who began his career as Mos Def, has joined the cast of “Can A Song Save Your Life?”. Bey joins previously announced cast members Academy Award Nominees Keira Knightley (SEEKING A FRIEND AT THE END OF THE WORLD, PRIDE & PREJUDICE), Mark Ruffalo (THE AVENGERS, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT), Hailee Steinfeld (upcoming ROMEO AND JULIET, TRUE GRIT), Grammy Award Winner Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, Grammy Award Winner Cee Lo Green, Tony Award Winner James Corden (ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS) and Academy Award Nominee Catherine Keener (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, CAPOTE) in writer /director John Carney’s (ONCE) new film, which is filming in New York City. Bey portrays “Saul,” Dan’s longtime business partner in the recording industry.
Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, THE ORANGES) is producing the film with Judd Apatow (BRIDESMAIDS, KNOCKED UP, SUPERBAD) attached as Executive Producer of the Exclusive Media production.
The film’s creative team includes award winning cinematographer Yaron Orbach (FUN SIZE, THANKS FOR SHARING, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, PLEASE GIVE) and production designer Chad Keith (AT ANY PRICE, TAKE SHELTER, ON THE ICE, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and GOODBYE SOLO). Writer/director John Carney is working with Grammy-award winning songwriter, Gregg Alexander (New Radicals), 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 Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution.
Regarded as one of hip-hop’s most introspective and insightful artists, Bey has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic mediums. Alongside his successful solo career and his duo Black Star, with Talib Kweli, Bey has recorded with groups from De La Soul to Da Bush Babees. He has had a diverse acting career that has included memorable roles in THE ITALIAN JOB, THE WOODSMEN, CADILLAC RECORDS, MONSTER’S BALL, and SOMETHING THE LORD MADE for which he received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Bey is represented by Emily Gerson Saines for Brookside Artist Management.
Seduced by dreams of making it in the big city, Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend move to New York to pursue their passion for music. She’s heartbroken when he dumps her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, leaving Gretta all on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing in a local bar and is immediately captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity – they may be each other’s last chance to turn their lives around. 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.
John Carney wrote and directed the award-winning music film, ONCE, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as an Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film. The stage adaptation of the film recently won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Carney recently wrote/directed the Irish film, THE RAFTERS and is attached to direct the drama DOGS OF BABEL starring Steve Carell.
Anthony Bregman is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated producer with an enviable list of acclaimed film credits including ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, Indie Spirit winner SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK, FRIENDS WITH MONEY, OUR IDIOT BROTHER, LAY THE FAVORITE and DARLING COMPANION. He is the founder of the bi-coastal production company Likely Story.