Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi has been slowly breaking in to the mainstream spotlight over the past year with a tour of America and featuring on quite a few soundtracks, chief among them 2010′s fantastic How To Train Your Dragon where he contributed the film’s end credit song.
Now he’s set to take it a step further as The AV Clubs‘ Todd VanDerWerff just broke the news, via Twitter, that Jonsi will be scoring Cameron Crowe‘s upcoming film, We Bought A Zoo. It will not be the first time that their paths cross as Crowe featured music by Sigur Ros in his 2001 film, Vanilla Sky. At the time he had this to say on the band:
“Sigur Ros is one of the great bands to know this simple fact — the best music creates a movie in your mind. Making Vanilla Sky, we played Sigur Ros constantly. It inspired us and gave us grooves that became part of the DNA of our own movie. But that’s just us. Play Sigur Ros yourself. In every sound and song, they will reach deep into your soul. Sigur Ros is some of the best filmmaking you’ll ever hear.”
Those are some big words from a respected director. And apparently he’s not the only one with a soft spot for the Icelander’s soothing sounds, as Crowe mentioned over the weekend whilst talking up his new movie:
“It was a music-filled experience, Matt Damon loves Sigur Ros. We played some of the music on his first day on set, and he said, ‘Keep it coming man, keep it coming.’”
It’s great to see Icelanders break into the Hollywood scene and judging by Jonsi’s previous work I expect great things to come from this.
We Bought A Zoo stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Stephaine Szostak and Ellie Fanning. It’s based on the memoirs of Benjamin Mee who, in respect of his wife’s dying wish, moved his family to the English countryside to renovate and re-open a zoo.
The movie opens this Christmas.