Can Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley make beautiful music together? That’s the question in this new clip from the upcoming drama Begin Again that opens in limited release on June 27 and expands nationwide July 2.
Knightley plays Gretta, a struggling songwriter who is abruptly dumped by her singer boyfriend (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine) after he scores a big recording contract. Gretta’s breakup ballad catches the ear of Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a boozy, broken-down record exec who thinks he can turn her into a star. But the two have wildly different opinions about how that can happen as they argue the merits of pop-princess flash versus gritty authenticity.
Knightley, at least, isn’t kidding about authenticity. She does all her own singing in the movie which features original music from New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander. And writer/director John Carney definitely knows his way around a tune: He previously directed the 2006 indie drama Once, about a pair of struggling singer-songwriters in Dublin, which won the Oscar for Best Original Song and spawned a Tony-winning musical.