One month after Pearl Jam Twenty hits PBS, Cameron Crowe will release a new dramedy called We Bought a Zoo. And as it turns out, the acclaimed director is teaming up with another music tour de force to provide the soundtrack. The Playlist reports that Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi has been tapped to score the film.
The film, which stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Elle Fanning, is based on a Benjamin Mee memoir and revolves around a widowed father who fullfils his late wife’s wishes by renovating and re-opening a struggling zoo.
Crowe made the announcement during this weekend’s Television Critics Association press tour and said the film would be a “a music-filled experience.” He also added that “Matt Damon loves Sigur Rós. We played some of the music on his first day on set, and he said, ‘Keep it coming man, keep it coming.’” Who would’ve thought.
Crowe didn’t say much more in terms of specifics, but as The Playlist reminds us, both he and Jónsi have been successful in past partnerships. Sigur Rós licensed their first pieces of music for use in Crowe’s 2001 film Vanilla Sky. Jónsi also has noted that another Crowe film, 2000’s Almost Famous, inspired him to be in a band.
According to IMDB, the film is set to open on December 23rd.