September 19, 2013


Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Plays Leighton Meester's BF in New Movie

Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images
Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images

From booze-fueled onstage meltdowns to subsequent rehab stints, guest appearances on The Voice to choreographed Broadway dance numbers, Billie Joe Armstrong certainly has a flair for the dramatic. Now the Green Day frontman is taking his talents to the silver screen in his first starring role. 

According to Deadline, Armstrong is set to star alongside Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester in an upcoming indie drama called Like Sunday, Like Rain. The film, which is currently in production in New York City, follows the life of struggling musician Meester, who becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old musical prodigy. Armstrong plays Meester's boyfriend (not a bad role, eh?).

The film is directed by Frank Whaley, who previously directed Joe The KingThe Jimmy Show, and New York City Serenade. But as Vulture notes, you may best remember him as the guy Samuel L. Jackson blew away following his Big Kahuna Burger/"does he LOOK like a BITCH!!!" speech in Pulp Fiction.

This isn't Armstrong's first film appearance: He guested in Penny Marshall's Riding in Cars With Boys and Judd Apatow's This Is 40 (watch a hilarious deleted scene), and this December he'll also make a cameo in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Plus, a pair of documentaries about GD are on the way: ¡Cuatro!, which chronicles the recording process for the band's 2012 album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!, and Broadway Idiot, which follows the adaptation of Green Day's hit American Idiot album into a Broadway production.