Kiwi singer Stan Walker is making his acting debut with his role in feature film Mt Zion, which starts filming today in Pukekohe.
Walker plays Turei, a musician seeking to win the support slot for Bob Marley's 1979 concert in Auckland, but comes into conflict when his ambitions clash with the traditional values of his whanau.
Alongside Walker is Temuera Morrison, of Once Were Warriors fame, who plays Turei's father, as well as Miriama Smith from We're Here to Help.
The film is directed and written by Tearepa Kahi, who made the international award-winning short film Taua.
Walker said the reason he wanted to get involved in the movie was because the "script is so good".
The singer rose to fame in 2009 when he won Australian Idol, and his single Black Box reached number one in New Zealand singles charts and number two in Australia.