Ed Sheeran set to star in musical film

Ed Sheeran has said he plans to star in a musical film that could be a mixture of Notting Hill and Once.

The singer-songwriter, whose third album ÷ is set to be the biggest selling of the year so far, announced his plans in an interview with the Sun.

“I really want to make a film that I do the soundtrack for and star in – that’s my next thing,” he said.

“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.

Sheeran confirmed that he is in talks with one film-maker, but did not disclose their identity. “I would want to cast all unknowns. I want to have a low-budget, indie, British-made film,” he said.

Sheeran is no stranger to acting. In 2015 he appeared as an “ambitious and deadly protege of a church elder” in multiple episodes of medieval drama The Bastard Executioner. The series was cancelled after a single season, following poor reviews.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian last week, Sheeran spoke candidly about the difficulties that come with wealth and fame. “You just see people you’re close to seeing you as a cash machine rather than a mate, like if they hang around you they’ll get stuff from you,” he said.

In the same interview he said he had “cracked Justin Bieber right in the cheek with a golf club”.

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