Bruce Springsteen’s latest project finds the rocker looking to the West, where he finds the inspiration for his upcoming film “Western Stars.” The cinematic version of his latest album will be released worldwide on the big screen by Warner Bros. in October.
Longtime collaborator Thom Zimny directs along with Springsteen in his directorial debut. “Western Stars” will make its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
“Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, ‘Western Stars’ marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots,” Warner Bros. says in promotional material released today along with the official trailer for the film, which you can watch below. “Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West — both the mythic and the hardscrabble — weaving archival footage and Springsteen’s personal narration with song to tell the story of ‘Western Stars.'”
Springsteen performs all of the album’s 13 songs in the movie, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.
Said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group: “Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead. As one of his many fans for over 40 years, I couldn’t be happier to be a rider on this train with Bruce and Thom.”
Here’s a look …