Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to soundtrack Marilyn Monroe film ‘Blonde’
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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to soundtrack Marilyn Monroe film ‘Blonde’

    It has been revealed that Andrew Dominik’s forthcoming film about the late Marilyn Monroe will feature a soundtrack composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It has also been reported that the long-time collaborators will perform songs from Ghosteen and Carnage for a new music film directed by Dominik.

    This isn’t the first collaboration between Cave, Ellis, and Dominik. The Cave-Ellis partnership worked with the director and screenwriter on his 2016 documentary One More Time With Feeling, which explored the making of Cave’s album Skeleton Tree in the wake of his son Arthur’s death in 2015.

    Commenting on his current collaboration with Ellis, Cave said: “It’s an incredible privilege to work with Warren. In any situation, he wants the best for me and I want the best for him. We have basically developed a way of working where we both relinquish control of the music we make together. We spend many hours improvising music together, sitting and playing in good faith without the politics and power grabs of many partnerships. We just let the songs find themselves.”

    Dominik also found working with the composer and multi-instrumentalist a fascinating experience, stating: “Warren is a character. Just conversationally the way he can go off on these incredible verbal flights is quite something. Creatively, he’s incredibly open, but I have to say, he’s also enigmatic, even a bit secretive. He appears to be letting it all hang out, but he’s not really telling you anything about himself.”

    Dominik’s new film, Blonde, will be released next year. However, as of yet, no specific release date has been announced. The production will be biographical in scope but based on a fictional novel of the same name written by renowned American author, Joyce Carol Oates.

    The movie will be released via Netflix and will star Ana De Armas as Marilyn, as well as Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, and others.

    Elsewhere, Cave and Ellis have announced that they will embark on their first UK tour together this coming autumn. It will span 20 shows in support of their recent album Carnage.


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