Thursday 27 July 2017

Ed Sheeran in talks to star in musical inspired by 'Notting Hill and Once'

Ed Sheeran became friends with US pop star Taylor Swift several years ago and later supported her on her 2013 Red world tour
Ed Sheeran became friends with US pop star Taylor Swift several years ago and later supported her on her 2013 Red world tour
Ed Sheeran poses with Taylor Swift
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ed Sheeran isn't content with just dominating the charts as he reveals he wants to take on the movie industry too.

The singer announced plans to star in a film that would combine elements of Notting Hill and the John Carney and Glen Hansard musical Once.

Sheeran, who is on course to score a number one with his newly released album ÷ (Divide) this week, said he wants to star in the movie and create the soundtrack.

"I really want to make a film that I do the soundtrack for and star in - that's my next thing," he told The Sun.

Glen Hansard in John Carney's Once
Glen Hansard in John Carney's Once

"I look at a film like Notting Hill and I think that's like a brilliant benchmark, or Once. So if you were to mix Notting Hill with Once, I would say that would be a good start."

The 26-year-old said that he has been in touch with a director, but wouldn't reveal the identity. He also said he wouldn't turn to Hollywood for casting.

"I would want to cast all unknowns. I want to have a low-budget, indie, British-made film," he said.

Sheeran recently gave a candid interview to Rolling Stone about how he enjoyed romantic liaisons with some of his Taylor Swift's closest friends.

Ed Sheeran poses with Taylor Swift
Ed Sheeran poses with Taylor Swift

Speaking about their friendship, the singer-songwriter said he found it strange to become part of her celebrity world.

" I was this 22-year-old awkward British kid going on tour with the biggest artist in America, who has all these famous mates. It was very easy.

"I would often find myself in situations just kind of waking up and looking over and being like, 'How the f*** did that happen?' "

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