Bruce Springsteen brings 'Western Stars' to the big screen
Warner Bros. Pictures has just released a trailer for their upcoming Western Stars, a cinematic version of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album. Longtime collaborator Thom Zimny directs together with Springsteen in his directorial debut. Check it out in the player below!
Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, Western Stars marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots. 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. The film offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.
“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in making the announcement. “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.”
Western Stars is written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, with special guest Patti Scialfa. Thom Zimny, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr and George Travis produced the film, with Springsteen serving as executive producer.
Western Stars will make its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and is slated for wide release this fall. In the meantime, Springsteen fans would be well advised to check out the true story Blinded By the Light in theaters now. Moviebill recently sat down with that film’s cast and crew and you can click here to check out the interviews.