Director Danny Boyle's untitled comedy starring Lily James and Kate McKinnon will hit theaters in the US on September 13, 2019, Universal announced Monday. Sheeran already had cameos in The Bastard Executioner, Game of Thrones, and Bridget Jones' Baby, so this would be a continuation of his push into film and TV.
Sheeran is also friends with director Curtis, whose previous films include Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, and his partner Emma Freud. An unnamed source close to the studio behind the movie told the Daily Mail, "Everything Ed touches turns to gold". What we do know is that Lily James (Baby Driver) and Himesh Patel (Eastenders) will star in it, with SNL actress Kate McKinnon in discussions for it. He is the biggest hit-maker on the planet.
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Boyle will be directing from a script he co-wrote with Richard Curtis.
Back in 2014, Ed performed a Grammy's tribute to mark the band's 50th anniversary of their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. "If anyone can make a film about the Beatles songs even better musically, it's him", they added.
Sheeran has also impressed Paul McCartney with his music. There is now no other major release scheduled for that date, although it will be competing against the second week of IT: Chapter Two, which opens September 6, 2019.