A Grammy ceremony’s worth of singers will appear in MGM’s Cole Porter biopic “Just One of Those Things,” including Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Alanis Morissette, Robbie Williams, jazz giant Diana Krall and neo-soul newcomer Vivian Green.
All six have already recorded their performances, which will be part of the film’s Sony Music soundtrack. They are also making small appearances in the film, which began shooting May 5 in London.
Helmed by Irwin Winkler, pic stars Kevin Kline as the beloved tunesmith whose smart songs, shows and movies were among the highlights of 20th century popular music. Ashley Judd plays Porter’s wife.
In the pic, Porter looks back on his life and relationship, using music to tell the tale. Kline will actually perform 14 songs, including a duet with Judd on “In the Still of the Night.”
Krall, the huge-selling jazz chanteuse, will sing the film’s title song as well as “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
Costello, the prolific and wide-ranging singer-songwriter, will sing “Let’s Misbehave.” Morissette will sing and dance to “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love,” Crow will sing “Begin the Beguine,” and Williams will do “It’s De-Lovely.”
Green, a former Jill Scott backup singer whose solo album debuted last year on Sony’s Columbia label, will sing “Love for Sale.” Another three or four performers have yet to be cast.
“By lending their voices to some of the most spectacular music ever written, we’ll be able to introduce the genius of Cole Porter to a whole new generation of fans,” Winkler said.
Jay Cocks wrote the script; Winkler, Rob Cowan and Charles Winkler are producing, with Simon Channing Williams and Gail Egan exec producing.