EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from his Best Actor Tony Award for One Man, Two Guvnors, James Corden has booked two strong film roles. Corden has signed on to join the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life, which stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine. Corden will play the best friend of Knightley’s character, who plays a singer who moves with her boyfriend to New York to pursue music careers and she gets dumped as soon as he makes it.
Corden is also set to star as Paul Potts in One Chance for The Weinstein Company. Potts is the schlubby British cell phone salesman who showed up onstage to sing opera on Britain’s Got Talent in 2007, and left a hosting panel that included Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan with their jaws on the floor. David Frankel is directing that film, as Potts won the competition and is now a successful opera singer. In case you’ve forgotten Potts, below is a refresher course (I never get tired of watching this clip). Corden is repped by WME and Ruth Young at United Agents in the UK.