March 28, 2014 at 8:33 AM ET
Adam Levine is making his move to the big screen in "Begin Again," and TODAY has the exclusive first look at the trailer.
The romantic dramedy pairs the Maroon 5 frontman with Keira Knightley as two aspiring songwriters who move to New York, then go their own ways once success touches him first. But Knightley's young singer, Gretta, may have a comeback before the movie ends, thanks to a little help from a down-and-out record-label executive Dan played by Mark Ruffalo. And that singing the actress does? Those are really Knightley's vocals.
Levine introduced the clip on TODAY, giving it a big thumbs up. The film, directed by "Once" director John Carney, marks the rocker's ascent to film stardom. In addition to his rock star status, Levine is also a coach on "The Voice" and had a small part in "American Horror Story's" second season.
The film's cast also includes "True Grit's" Hailee Steinfeld as Dan's daughter, and Catherine Keener as his estranged wife. The music was largely written by Gregg Alexander, best known for his 1990s band The New Radicals.
After the clip aired, TODAY's Carson Daly had a prediction: "Let me guess: The girl goes with Adam at the end of the movie. Sexiest man alive? Yes, probably. No spoilers, though."
Fans were all over the clip, tweeting their delight:
"Begin Again" will be in theaters on July 4, so expect fireworks.