Ed Sheeran delivers a 1-2 punch in the music video for his No. 1 hit, “Shape You.”
The barroom ditty gets a gritty Rocky-esque visual in which Sheeran plays a boxer in Seattle training for a big fight. With romance on the brain, he falls for a fellow boxer (played by Jennie Pegouskie) and the two train together and share laughs over chicken fingers.
Directed by Jason Koenig, who’s worked with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in the past, the brooding visual takes on a fun vibe near the end, when viewers find out that the fight Ed’s been training for is actually a sumo wrestling match that he’s bound to lose in hilarious fashion.
It looks like the British singer had some fun filming this one. In a behind-the-scenes photo, he appears to be pal’ing around with Koenig and Macklemore, who makes a cameo as a sumo fan.
The video for “Shape You” follows the visual for “Castle on the Hill,” which was released last week. Both cuts are set to appear on Sheeran’s forthcoming album, ÷, due March 3. Before that, Ed will perform both singles on “Saturday Night Live” on Feb. 11.
See Ed’s “Eye the Tiger” training style video below.