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David Byrne, Will Oldham team up to score new Sean Penn film

on January 24, 2011, 10:47am

byrne oldham David Byrne, Will Oldham team up to score new Sean Penn film

We already knew that David Byrne had been tapped to create the music for Sean Penn’s forthcoming feature, This Must Be The Place, but it turns out he won’t be doing it alone. In a recent interview with Time Out London (via The Playlist), the former Talking Heads frontman revealed that he is also be working with folk maestro Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) on the Paolo Sorrentino-directed film.

The film, which shares its name with The Talking Heads song, stars Penn as a bored, middle-aged rock star, who takes on the quest of finding his father’s executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S.

Byrne previously described his role as “tiny” and added that “I’m hoping I’ll be kind of invisible, if it works.”

“Most of the music, I’m doing, I’m hoping that you won’t know it’s me,” explained Byrne. “It will be sung by another person in the movie, not Sean Penn.”

Of course, neither Byrne nor Oldham are strangers to film scores. The former’s resume already includes contributions to HBO’s Big Love, the 2003 David Mackenzie film, Young Adam, and both Wall Street films. Oldham, who is also an accomplished actor, has lent his musical chops to such films as The Broken Giant, An Injury to One, and Palermo Shooting.

There’s no word on when the film will be released, but The Playlist reports that shooting took place in the U.S. and Ireland. Along with Penn, the cast also includes Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Kerry Condon, Judd Hirch, and Bono’s daughter, Eve Hewson.

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