From the director of Once comes a new movie that finds the British actress singing on the streets of New York.
Keira Knightley, known for playing tragic heroines in period dramas, strays into new territory with her first major singing role in Begin Again, a feel-good film about the music industry and starting over. The film, which opens in the US in July, was written and directed by Ireland’s John Carney, whose 2006 indie musical Once nabbed the best original song Oscar for Falling Slowly.
Like its predecessor, Begin Again is laced with music, much of it sung by Knightley, along with Maroon 5’s frontman Adam Levine, who is making his film debut. For Knightley, singing on screen was definitely not something she was born to do. "The whole thing was out of my comfort zone. I am not a singer. I didn’t know how to do that," Knightley, an Oscar Best Actress nominee in 2006 for her role in Pride & Prejudice, said in an interview.