Ed Sheeran Got to ‘Kind of Learn How to Act’ in Upcoming, Still-Untitled Film

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Ed Sheeran is better known as a singer than an actor, but he may one day change that.
The Grammy winner has finished filming his biggest acting role to date, the Associated Press reports. His work is part of an upcoming, still-untitled film directed by Danny Boyle and written by “Love Actually” scribe Richard Curtis. In it, Himesh Patel stars as a fictional singer-songwriter who wakes up and discovers that no one else remembers the Beatles; Sheeran gets involved in the story as he, playing himself, discovers the up-and-comer and brings him on tour.
The film is “very clever,” Sheeran told the AP, and he said it gave him the chance to “actually kind of learn how to act.” He noted that his roles in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Season 7 and the short-lived FX historical drama series “The Bastard Executioner” were small parts, so he was really just “popping in for a day” each time.
The singer actually faced some fairly intense social media criticism after his “Game of Thrones” cameo. In the wake of it last September, he told MTV News that “no one wants to see [him] back.” Luckily, he hadn’t envisioned it as more than a one-time nice gesture for star Maisie Williams, who is a big fan of his.
His new film, though, threw him right into the deep end, it sounds like. Sheeran said he was working “like full 12-hour days” — all in the midst of his tour. It made for “a very intense two months” as he split his weeks into four days doing music-related work and three days shooting the film.
We’ll see if his hard work pays off when the film comes out in September 2019.
[via: The AP; h/t: EW]

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