Even though he is still recovering from a biking accident not too long ago, it seems that Bono isn’t exactly showing signs of slowing down his musical career anytime soon, having confirmed that he will be penning a song for Willie Nelson to perform in an upcoming film.
Nelson is to star in a new fantasy-adventure called Waiting for the Miracle to Come and Bono is set to serve as executive producer and also write songs for the soundtrack. However, due to the fact that Bono is still seemingly unable to play guitar, it is unlikely he will actually be performing on the song itself, unless he plans to perform some backup vocals for the country music star.
The movie is purportedly set to tell the story of a young girl – in this case, played by Sophie Lowe – who finds a letter from her late father with directions to a goldmine in the California desert. There she meets two retired vaudeville stars, played by Nelson and Charlotte Rampling, with a story to tell. It is thought that the film will be shot on Nelson’s Hill Country ranch in Texas, with Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson writing and directing and production is set to begin in March.
Bono worked with Nelson when he wrote a song for him in 1989 – “Slow Dancing” – which is on the 2011 Duals album. Lunson previously worked with Nelson on the documentary Willie Nelson: Down Home and interviewed Bono for her documentary Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.
Speaking about writing the movie, Lunson has said that she only ever envisioned having Nelson cast in one of the lead roles.
“I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else. And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me.”
Meanwhile, Bono recently cancelled all public appearances until the latter half of this year in order to recover from his biking accident which happened in November. His injuries were worse than originally thought and the singer had to undergo five hours of surgery and had three plates put in. He also said he may not be able to play guitar again, as mentioned above.
Nelson made his feature film debut in 1979’s The Electric Horseman and has since starred in such blockbusters as Honeysuckle Rose, Barbarosa, Wag the Dog and The Dukes of Hazzard. The “Luck” set has remained intact since Red Headed Stranger, the film based on his classic concept album of the same name. Robert Redford was originally set for its leading role but pulled out, making way for the country star to log one of the most memorable performances of his second career.