…emphasis on the “or something.”
[jump] The Green Day frontman, unlikely Broadway auteur, and soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee landed the part of what appears to be Generic Shitty Boyfriend #625 in Like Sunday, Like Rain, an independent film written and directed by Frank Whaley (probably still best known for dying at the hands of Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction).
The film, which has garnered positive reviews at a handful of festivals, also stars Debra Messing, a precocious child actor gunning for the position of Next Haley Joel Osment by saying improbably smart and cynical things while being small, and “Gossip Girl” alum Leighton Meester in a role that we imagine was drawn up — based only on the trailer, of course, which you should watch below — as “Let's see if Leighton Meester can carry an entire feature-length indie drama just by being very pretty and slightly varying her facial expressions every five minutes, haha no really, we're going to ask people to invest thousands of real American dollars in this project.”
The film's official synopsis:
Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy Reggie, lives a solitary life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job.
Fate winds her lovely fingers around these two lives to unexpectedly place the inexperienced Eleanor as the new au pair for a skeptical Reggie and the music in their hearts and souls intertwines to create this beautiful story about discovery and acceptance.
The music in their hearts and souls, you guys! Lest you forget, Meester is also in the process of trying to kick off a music career: Her debut album, Heartstrings, released last October, surprised a lot of people by not being insanely bad. You can judge for yourself on March 2 when she plays the Great American Music Hall.
Anyway — this twee-fest (the movie, not the Meester show) will hit select theaters March 13, though we're not seeing any Bay Area dates just yet. Maybe Armstrong will have to host a special screening for us somewhere, so we can shout along with him when he delivers lines like “Oh, so you're just gonna be like that?!“. Hint: It probably won't be at the Gilman.