Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong has become a master multi-tasker in recent years—producing musicals, writing soundtracks and releasing music with his band. Now the pop punk godfather is gearing up to release Revolution Road, Green Day’s first album in four years, as well as the film Ordinary World, which stars Armstrong in his first leading role.
The new film puts Armstrong in a sliding doors situation for the real life rocker, with his character Perry experiencing what life is like when your punk rock band doesn’t make it big.
When Perry’s fortieth birthday arrives on the same day he’s scheduled to work at the local hardware store, he decides to leave the family life behind and throw himself a party, punk-rock style.
Selma Blair stars as Armstrong’s disapproving wife, while Fred Armisen plays an old friend who is more than happy to help Perry trash a hotel room (no coasters!) and enjoy a performance from a stripper.
The new film marks Armstrong’s second big screen performance, with the rocker also appearing in the 2014 indie flick Like Sunday, Like Rain opposite Leighton Meester and Debra Messing. Armstrong also appeared in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40, where he played himself.
Ordinary World, which also stars Chris Messina and Judy Greer, received its first screening at last year’s Tribeca Film Fest. Featuring new original music from Armstrong, Ordinary World hits select theatres and on-demand October 14.