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Pharrell Williams to write original music for Despicable Me film

on January 08, 2010, 11:30am

Seems like superstar producer Pharrell Williams is tired of being on everyone’s album ever. Case in point, the N.E.R.D. frontman is now trying his hand at writing original music for the 3D CGI cartoon Despicable Me.

According to, the three-time Grammy winner is joining Oscar winner Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira, who are writing the film’s score, in creating the music for the film that stars Steve Carrell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Danny McBride, Julie Andrews, and other Hollywood big wigs. Williams’ contributions will involve scoring the film’s orchestral numbers. One such song has already found its way onto the end of the teaser trailer (and you can here the full version below).

“Pharrell is one of the most important contemporary songwriters, Hans is one of the truly great film composers and Heitor is the next generation of Hans’ protégés. This is an extraordinary teaming of talent,” said the film’s producer Chris Meledandri. “With every note they write, our film is being enriched.”

But Williams said his attachment to the project came from wanting to be involved with a big project for his first foray in to film scoring.

“I love cartoons and animation, and I’ve never seen such incredible 3-D CGI,” Williams said. “To score Despicable Me along with Hans and Heitor and write original songs for the film is a dream come true.”

The film revolves around Gru (Carrell), the world’s second best supervillian, and his misadventures to topple his rival (Segel) and steal the moon. We’re thinking Williams’ production will fit in perfectly with such a concept.

Despicable Me hits theaters July 9th, 2010.

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