Pharrell Williams of hip-hop group N.E.R.D. and producing duo, The Neptunes, will be scoring some of his first music for a feature film. Despicable Me, an upcoming Universal Studios animated film starring Steve Carrell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wigg, Julie Andrews, Jemaine Clement and many more is about a character attempting to pull off the biggest heist of all – stealing the moon.
Williams, who has won three Grammys in the past, is extremely excited to be part of this production since he will be working with renowned composers such as Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira. Producer, Chris Meledandri, (Ice Age, Robots and Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!) welcomes Williams by offering this big break.
If you’ve already seen the teaser trailer, you may have heard the title track to Despicable Me which Williams has written. In addtion to that track, he has already started scoring some of the orchestral music for the film.
According to Collider, Williams has high hopes for the task by stating the following in a press release today:
“I love cartoons and animation, and I’ve never seen such incredible 3-D CGI. To score Despicable Me along with Hans and Heitor and write original songs for the film is a dream come true.”
As Collider notes, it really isn’t hard for artist to win Grammys these days so why was he chosen? Meledandri notes the following about Williams:
“Pharrell is one of the most important contemporary songwriters, Hans is one of the truly great film composers and Heitor is the next generation of Hans’ protégés. This is an extraordinary teaming of talent. With every note they write, our film is being enriched.”
Williams is definitely one of our current pioneers in music arrangements displaying his talents with numerous and various artist such as Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and more. He’s even done mildly well as a solo artist with his album, In My Mind. However, will he be able to pull off confident scores that will “enrich” an animated film as big as this?
Listen to the title track in this teaser trailer of the film below and let us know what you think!
Does Pharrell Williams have what it takes to score a big film?