Charli XCX is entering her (fictional) big pop girl era.
It's been announced that the British multi-hyphenate savant will write the original music for Anne Hathaway's latest film Mother Mary, where the Oscar-winning actress will play a pop star.
Coming from acclaimed director David Lowery (Gawain and the Green Knight), Mother Mary will investigate the complicated relationship between Hathaway's pop icon and the influential fashion designer who has helped shape her career, played by I May Destroy You's Michaela Coel.
Charli won't be along in giving Anne the bops, however. She'll be working alongside pop producer du jour Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey...basically everyone making music right now) in sculpting the tunes for the film's original soundtrack.
Deadline first reported the news.
Charli XCX and Jack Antonoff will write and produce original music for Anne Hathaway to perform in David Lowery’s ‘MOTHER MARY.’— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) March 21, 2023
She will play a popstar in the film, which will also star Michaela Coel.
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Director Lowery has written the script, which will be produced by iconic indie tastemakers A24 (Hereditary, Midsommar) and which is being described as "an epic pop melodrama."
We've seen a fair few stories of fictional pop stars in the last few years; notably, Lady Gaga won her first Oscar for the composition of the original song Shallow, written for 2018's A Star Is Born, in which she starred as aspiring pop singer Ally.
Less well known but still worth checking is Vox Lux, starring Natalie Portman as conflicted pop idol Celeste, definitely not as easy a watch as A Star Is Born, but the film's highly underrated soundtrack was curated and written by Sia, and finds Portman singing over some tracks (Charli, if you're reading this - Wrapped Up, EKG and Your Body Talk are essential homework tasks) which would have found a welcome home in any modern pop girl's oeuvre.
And if you're quite hesitant over the thought of Anne Hathaway playing a pop star...one watch of her actually decimating Kelly Clarkson at Since U Been Gone karaoke is all the evidence you need that we have a potential mother in the making here.
As for Charli, she's yet to officially start a new musical era, following her 'sell-out' anthem Crash becoming her first UK Number 1 album last year. The record was publicised as her last official album with long-time record Atlantic, although Charli has recently signed a new record deal...she just hasn't told us who with.
Read more about Charli's road to becoming a Big Pop Girl with a Number 1 album here.
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