15 June 2012 9:44 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Just in time to celebrate this weekend's nostalgia-soaked ensemble mess, “Rock of Ages,” another recent bit of musical casting shows Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine eager to get his acting career started, with the director of 2006's smash hit “Once” attempting to steer him to success in his latest film.

Deadline reports director John Carney has chosen Levine for a lead role in “Can A Song Save Your Life?.” Levine will join Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld in heading up the film. Levine (who is also booked for a multi-episode arc on “American Horror Story”) plays Knightley's boyfriend, as he pursues a music career in New York with her before splitting for a solo contract, and sending her into the arms of a rival music producer, played by Ruffalo. Interestingly, Judd Apatow is executive producing, but it's unclear just how much of his stamp will be on the finished project. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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