Ronan Keating to make his movie debut

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 12:46 PM IST

London: Boyzone singer Ronan Keating has said he has landed a role in an Australian movie and will begin filming next month.

The 34-year-old Irish singer, who has recently been working as a judge on the Australian version of `The X Factor`, will return Down Under in April to shoot scenes for the project, reported a website.

Keating said on 2Day FM`s `Kyle and Jackie O Show`, "I`m coming down on April 7, because I`m shooting my first movie in Australia. I just gave you a world exclusive actually.

"I can`t tell you the title but I`m going to be on set on April 10 in Sydney. It`s an Australian movie... I`m very excited."

The `When You Say Nothing at All` hitmaker - who has three children, Jack, Marie and Ali, with his wife Yvonne - had previously said he auditioned for a role in upcoming fantasy prequel `The Hobbit` and was keen to launch a film career.

"I don`t think I`ll get the role of the hobbit. But I would like to take on roles which nobody would expect. I don`t want to be reduced to love stories. I`d like to try dark, edgy roles. I need a challenge."