Will Chris Brown be able to charm audiences as the star of a romantic comedy? He might not seem like the best choice for a romantic lead, but he's going to get the chance to try to get his fans to fall in love with him all over him again in "Think Like a Man." The movie is based on a self-help book aimed at teaching women what really goes on in the minds of men when it comes to relationships (sadly, it won't focus on Brown's own brain). Brown has had a couple minor acting roles, prior to this new gig. How could we forget him in "This Christmas" where the singer used his vocal chops to perform the song of the same name. Fortunately, the "Look At Me Now" singer isn't the only crooner who is hoping to appeal to film fans. Here's a rundown of a few other musicians making the move to movies:
Brown's ex is making her movie debut in a genre that seems more suitable for someone aggressive like him. Her action flick "Battleship" is actually based on the strategic board game of the same name, so it's definitely going to be a hard sell. The flame-haired singer's character is a badass weapon's specialist who sets out to sea with the U.S. Navy to help protect our planet from an alien invasion (that's right, there's E.T.s in the movie). It sounds rather bizarre, but hopefully RiRi can stage a box office beat down by bettering her ex's flick when "Battleship" hits theaters.
Songz is another R&B star that has landed his first major movie role. The velvety-voiced singer might seem like the perfect lead in a romantic movie, but instead he'll be playing one of the major roles in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D," yet another remake of the 70s slasher classic (can he and Chris switch movie roles, please?).
Ice will bring his signature swagger to the silver screen in Adam Sandler's upcoming movie "I Hate You, Dad." The film stars Andy Samberg as a lucky guy whose beautiful bride-to-be will be played by Leighton Meester. However, things get a bit messy when his dad (Sandler) moves in with him and starts feuding with his fiance. Ice will be hoping that he doesn't get a cool reception from critics by playing an old friend of Sandler's character that might just be able to teach the hot-headed dad to chill (by getting him to stop, collaborate and listen, probably). Ice has starred in movies before, but working alongside someone like Sandler might help the one-hit wonder land better roles in the future.
This rocker landed one of the much-coveted roles in the movie "The Hunger Games," yet another film based on a series of young adult books that's sure to be box office gold. He'll be playing the part of Cinna, a stylist that creates a signature look for Jennifer Lawrence's kid warrior character Katniss. Lenny, who is definitely a fashion-forward guy in real life, previously starred in the movie "Precious," while his daughter Zoe Kravitz is becoming a star in her own right in movies like "X-Men: First Class." (It's kind of sad that she didn't land a role in "The Hunger Games" alongside her dear ol' dad.)
Ludacris and Jon Bon Jovi
This rapper and rocker will be joining the all-star cast of the movie "New Year's Eve," a follow-up to the holiday-centric film "Valentine's Day." Bon Jovi will fittingly play a rock star that bumps into an ex-girlfriend (Halle Berry) at a party, while the "Southern Hospitality" singer will star as a New York City policeman helping to set up the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. Ashton Kutcher, who recently starred with the rapper in "No Strings Attached," joins a cast that also includes Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Mary J. Blige
This R&B legend won't be playing a singer alongside Tom Cruise in "Rock of Ages" -- instead she's been cast as a strip club owner. However, Blige will still get to belt out plenty of tunes in the much-hyped rockin' musical.
And for those that can't wait to see some of their favorite singers star in movies, you can at least look forward to watching Justin Timberlake get in on with Mila Kunis in "Friends with Benefits" this weekend, or check out Katy Perry voicing Smurfette in "The Smurfs" on July 29.
So which singer are you most looking forward to seeing star in a movie, and which do you think will bomb at the box office? Sound off on who you think should and shouldn't be making the switch to the silver screen in the comments.
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- Adam Sandler
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- Vanilla Ice
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