Jon Bon Jovi is in Italy shooting a new movie called "U-571," a WW2 submarine drama directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel. The filming is taking place mostly in Malta and Rome and is expected to take about four months. With his namesake band not due to record until April (see "Bon Jovi Reconvenes For Soundtrack Song") it seems the singer has opted to shelve his plans for another solo album in favor of the film. Bon Jovi has reportedly gotten a crew cut for the role.

The singer-turned-actor has been receiving good reviews for his work -- Siskel and Ebert included him in their top 10 list of actors predicted to 'click' in 1999 -- but so far his movies have not been clicking, at least not commercially. The film "Little City," shot in San Francisco late in 1996 with the singer in the starring role is bypassing the big screen and heading straight to video.

A promising a new film by Edward Burns ("Brothers McMullen," "She's The One") called "No Looking Back" (once called "Long Time, Nothing New") with Burns, Bon Jovi and Lauren Holly, was released this past fall with barely a ripple. The singer also appeared a cameo role for the movie "Homegrown" with Billy Bob Thornton, another production that failed to make any waves.

Bon Jovi also recently completed work on an independent production called "Row Your Boat," with co-stars Bai Ling and William Forsythe, but that project currently has no distributor and thus no release date.

Although the rocker will be back tending his music career this year, he does have at least one more pending film venture in the foreseeable future. He signed on with mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Armageddon," "The Rock") back in 1997 for a movie in development tentatively titled "Love Hurts" centering on a fictional rock band. A spokesperson for Bruckheimer says that deal is still on, but no dates have been set for the production.