Shawn Mendes is to make his film debut in 'Summer of Love'.

The 18-year-old pop star is to swap the stage for the big screen with a role in the musical movie which has been written by fellow Canadian Ivan Reitman, who will also direct the project.

So far, there is little known about the plot but the title is believed to be a reference to the summer of 1967 when hippies and people associated with the 'Flower Power' movement demonstrated their opposition to the Vietnam War in San Francisco.

It was also a year that produced a host of iconic albums from artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

Mendes has had some acting experience before; filming a guest spot on an episode of 'The 100' in 2016, while he also voiced Young Jake in the 2013 animated movie 'Underdogs'.

Reitman's filmography is an illustrious one and includes helming the original 1984 'Ghostbusters' film and the 1989 sequel as well as 1988 comedy 'Twins' and 1990's 'Twins' which both starred action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger in comedic roles.

The 70-year-old filmmaker has also acted as a producer on the upcoming 'Baywatch' movie and he is due to reunite with original 'Twins' co-stars Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito for a sequel 'Triplets' which will feature Eddie Murphy as the unlikely siblings long-lost brother.