Willie Nelson Contributes New Single to Upcoming Film "Lawless"

By: Roughstock Staff

Last Updated: August 20, 2012 1:08 PM

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Country Music Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree Willie Nelson is on board to support LAWLESS, the epic gangster tale directed by John Hillcoat and written by Nick Cave. Nelson’s previously unreleased “Midnight Run” is featured in the film. It is included on the LAWLESS soundtrack, which will be released by Sony Music on August 28th, as a bonus track. Ain’t It Cool News exclusively debuted online the specially created LAWLESS-themed “Midnight Run” music video which can be seen here:

In addition, Nelson will appear at a special screening of LAWLESS, based on a true story, days before the film’s release in his home state of Texas. The screening will take place on August 25th at the Alamo Draft House in Austin. LAWLESS, starring Tom Hardy (INCEPTION, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), Jessica Chastain (THE HELP), and Shia LaBeouf (TRANSFORMERS franchise, INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL), will be in theaters everywhere on August 29th. The film is based on the gritty novel The Wettest County In The World by Matt Bondurant, grandson and grand-nephew of the story’s main characters, the Bondurant brothers. Bondurant and members of the cast will join Nelson in making an appearance at the August 25th special screening.

“You see LAWLESS and you hear the music Nick Cave and Warren Ellis created for the film, and Willie and his music come to mind immediately,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “He is more than a natural fit. His music is lawless and his contribution to this film we’re so proud of is one of the most organic unions I’ve ever been a part of.”

“It is important that true stories like these from America’s past are kept alive,” said Nelson. “I didn’t hesitate to collaborate on this project as someone with a deep love for Western history and of course country music.”


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