After winning the original song Oscar in 2010 for his soulful ballad “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart,” singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham is saddling up with director Scott Cooper once again for the upcoming western “Hostiles.”
Bingham will write a pair of songs for the film. Cooper describes them as “in the vein of a murder ballad.”
In an email blast to fans, Bingham explained that scheduling meant he would have to cancel four shows from his upcoming fall tour in Boise, Spokane, Portland and Seattle
“Sincere apologies to the fans who already bought tickets,” Bingham wrote. “I am sad to miss these shows and I will make sure to be back to make them up in the future. Thank you for understanding and for your continued support.”
Just as in “Crazy Heart,” which also won Jeff Bridges the best actor Oscar, Bingham will be appearing in the film. He’ll star as Sergeant Malloy who, under Bale’s charge, is tasked with escorting a dangerous prisoner.
“I’m thrilled to be reuniting with Ryan,” Cooper told Variety. “He’s one of the best voices of his generation and he has written a couple of hauntingly beautiful pieces. He is a wonderful natural actor and I’m grateful he was able to move a few concert dates.”
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Cooper also worked with Eddie Vedder on the 2012 film “Out of the Furnace” to produce an updated version of the Pearl Jam song “Release.”
Filming on “Hostiles,” which also stars Rosamund Pike and Jesse Plemons, began July 18 in New Mexico.