Actress Scarlett Johansson will direct Ellie Goulding's upcoming "American Express Unstaged" concert special, as announced with a brand-new trailer released Thursday. You can view the trailer by using the media player included with this article.
Goulding's "American Express Unstaged" will be a live performance from New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, during which the singer will perform tracks from her most recent album Delerium. It will be live-streamed at the program's website and also through its mobile app on Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The event will mark Johansson's music directing debut, but the actress - best known for her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the "Avengers" series of superhero films - has had a career in the business dating back some ten years. In 2005, a Playbill report stated that Andrew Lloyd Webber wanted Johansson to play Maria in his revival of "The Sound of Music," but the role eventually went to Connie Fisher after a TV talent search.
In 2007, Johansson released an album consisting mostly of Tom Waits covers entitled Anywhere I Lay My Head, which was met with mixed reviews from critics but still reached number 126 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Then in 2009, she worked together with Pete Yorn for a collaborative album entitled Break Up, and this February formed an all-female band called The Singles.
She's also been a guest vocalist on several albums and appeared in Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around...Comes Around" music video, where she played Timberlake's love interest who was caught cheating on him with "Southland" actor Shawn Hatosy.
Delerium is set to be released on Nov. 6, just days before the "Unstaged" concert. It will contain the hit song "Love Me Like You Do," previously available only on the soundtrack to the film "Fifty Shades of Grey," amongst 16 new tracks. First single "On My Mind" was released on Sept. 17 and has reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The second single is rumored to be "Army," which Goulding will also perform in November at the UK's Children in Need special.
Other artists who have participated in "Unstaged" include Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, The Killers, Disclosure and Vampire Weekend. The concert series specifically teams hot music acts with surprising directors, such as when veteran actor Steve Buscemi served as director for Vampire Weekend's appearance.
For more on Ellie Goulding, visit her artist page at AXS.