From Microphone To Camera: The Music Stars Breaking Into Hollywood

A Deeper Look Into This Trend

Over the last few years there has been an influx of our favourite music stars branching out and taking over Hollywood. But who has been more successful in this transition?

To celebrate the release of 'Red Tails' out today in UK cinemas, we look at the music stars who are breaking into Hollywood.

On 6th June 2012, we see the release of George Lucas’ newest blockbuster, Red Tails, which features an all-star Hollywood cast and some familiar faces from the music world, including Method Man and Ne-Yo.

With past acting accreditations under his belt from titles such as Garden StateOne Eight Seven and Soul Plane; Method Man has more notably appeared in critically acclaimed television shows such as The Wire, CSI and The Twilight Zone.

Ne-Yo’s filmography is a little less lengthy than Method Man’s, but still includes some well-known titles such as Save the Last Dance 2, Stomp the Yard and Battle: Los Angeles.

And while Method Man and Ne-Yo have had success playing these fairly serious acting roles, one hip-hop superstar who doesn’t mind poking fun at himself on screen is Sean Combes, a.k.a. P. Diddy. We saw him shine on screen beside Russell Brand and Jonah Hill in the 2012 hit Get Him to the Greek.

Sean proved that taking on a more comedic role in a film is sometimes a good risk to take. It enables the audience, and their current fan base to see a completely different side of the artist, and can actually add more depth to the film.

But this mic to screen transition isn’t just a man’s game, the ladies have given it a dab hand too, most notably was Rihanna taking on the role of Petty Officer, Cora ‘Weps’ Raikes this year, in the Sci-Fi adventure, Battleship.

But while these artists have all given the acting side of things a go, they’ve all continued to stay focussed on their music careers, and haven’t quite taken the plunge completely.

“But they’re all American!” I hear you cry – well one of our home-grown talents has also dipped their toes into the big screen, as well as taking on other new challenges such as directing and producing large titles. Plan B had his first major film role as a supporting actor in Noel Clarke’s Adulthood, and also had his song 'Kidz' included in the soundtrack to Kidulthood. He then went on to play another supporting role as Noel Winters in the Daniel Barber film Harry Brown.

In 2010, Plan B began production on his first full-length feature film, Ill Manors, which is out in UK cinemas in June.

So who will be the next hip hop star breaking on to the big screen in 2012?

You’re just going to have to wait and see..

Red Tails is in UK cinemas today!


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