Paul Rudd Joins Nick Jonas for 'Power Ballad' Duet

John Carney launches into a new musical film project

by Zain ul Abedin
Paul Rudd Joins Nick Jonas for 'Power Ballad' Duet
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Renowned for his deft integration of music and narrative, director John Carney is set to captivate audiences once again with his latest film, "Power Ballad." Known for his work on the heartfelt Modern Love and the musical charm of Sing Street, Carney now ventures into the realm of musical comedy with a project that is stirring considerable buzz ahead of this month's Cannes market.

"Power Ballad" is being brought to life with the support of 30WEST and Anthony Bregman’s production company, Likely Story. Filming is currently underway in Dublin, setting the stage for what is touted to be a captivating blend of music and laughter.

The film stars Paul Rudd, renowned for his role as Ant-Man, and Nick Jonas, the multi-talented musician and actor known from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. This duo's involvement is sure to draw significant attention to the film.

The storyline of "Power Ballad" revolves around an unlikely duo: a wedding singer played by Rudd and a rock star portrayed by Jonas. Their interaction and evolving relationship are explored through a series of musical encounters, making for an "uplifting music-driven story."

Star-Studded Creative Team

Rudd's recent cinematic endeavors include his roles in Ghostbusters: Afterlife and the critically acclaimed Only Murders in the Building, where he showcased his diverse acting prowess.

Meanwhile, Jonas continues to expand his acting portfolio, bringing his charisma and musical expertise to the big screen. "Power Ballad" is co-written by Carney and Peter McDonald, known for The Bachelor Weekend. Their collaboration promises to deliver a memorable and emotionally resonant cinematic experience.

Carney himself expressed his enthusiasm about the project, stating, "I’m delighted to be working with such a talented group of people," underscoring the collaborative spirit of the film's production. The film is produced by a team including Bregman, Cron, Walpole, O’Flanagan, and Carney, tapping into Carney’s proven ability to weave compelling narratives with musical elements.

Alex Walton of WME Independent praised Carney's unique talent for evoking deep emotions through his music-infused storytelling, expressing excitement about the project's showcase at Cannes. With the star power of Rudd and Jonas, coupled with Carney's visionary direction, "Power Ballad" is poised to resonate with a global audience, eagerly awaiting its release.

As anticipation mounts, the film industry and fans alike look forward to what promises to be an unforgettable addition to the musical comedy genre. Stay tuned for more updates as "Power Ballad" prepares to make its mark at the prestigious Cannes market.

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