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Ed Sheeran Set To Play A Drug Addict In New Film

20 February 2023 | 9:38 am | Mary Varvaris

Ed reportedly doesn't have a massive role in the film, but already has people curious about his character.

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Ed Sheeran will reportedly star in the upcoming film, Sumotherhood as a drug addict. This will be his third acting role, following parts in Game Of Thrones and the movie Yesterday.

"Ed plays this bloke who’s not got a home and looks like a crack addict," a source told The Sun newspaper. They added, "It was filmed a while ago, but work on the movie is almost complete, and the hope is it will be out this year. 

"The casting makes it an intriguing one, and in particular, everyone wants to see Ed. He doesn’t have a massive part in the film, and although fans will recognise him straight away, they’ve never seen him looking like this."

Sheeran reportedly joined the cast of Sumotherhood in February last year. Directed by Adam Deacon, the film promises to be an action-comedy. It features the actors Denise Van Outen, Jennifer Saunders, Peter Serafinowicz, Leomie Anderson, London Hughes, Kevin Bishop, Jaime Winstone, Vas Blackwood and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (per Complex).

Deacon commented that the film is "darkly authentic, as well as embracing the vibrant and diverse lifestyle of living in an East London council estate."

Ed Sheeran is currently on tour across Australia

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Describing the power of his performance on night one in the country, The Music writer Liv Dunford remarked, "No ordinary person would be able to hold the attention of an entire stadium with just a voice and a guitar, but Ed Sheeran is no ordinary person. Except that he is, in the way we all are, and that’s the magic of his music. Sometimes a guitar and a voice are all you need to puncture the heart when it comes down to it. Not every song needs to be anthemic to be an anthem or be sonically unreal to belong in a stadium."

Dunford continued, "Sheeran’s songs have made such an impact over the years because he invites us to be ordinary, to be human. He’s on a stage on his own, singing about life experiences, but what he’s really saying to us is, 'Come and be human with me.'

"And we do." 

A few weeks ago, Sheeran surprised school kids in Auckland with random performances and a speech to students. 

"I’m on a day off in Auckland, and I thought I’d give some kids a surprise with a free gig," Ed Sheeran revealed on Instagram before flipping the camera to the students at Manurewa and Kōwhai Intermediate schools. 

Sheeran played the hits, from Perfect to Bad Habits to Thinking Out Loud, the latter performed with a teacher. Sheeran also said that the day surprising school kids was "one of my favourite days in a long time – I’ve enjoyed it so much." View the footage here.



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