On its face, casting Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Grace Jones, and Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes in a single movie sounds bonkers. But seeing as that movie is the dark fairy tale Gutterdämmerung, “The Loudest Silent Movie On Earth,” created by photographer and video director Björn Tagemose, it makes more sense.
In the cast announcement video, Tagemose describes the project as visual storytelling, and what little dialog there is has been written by Rollins, who also stars as a priest. Rollins explains that the movie will not be watched in the “traditional way,” but that the audience will stand for this “very loud, fully immersive experience.” Or, as Hughes puts it, “think of classic silent films, with a real band, playing your favorite music, instead of that piano. Rock and roll man. And pyro, from Hell.” In other words, this is probably not a sequel to The Artist.
The announcement video reveals that Iggy Pop will play Vicious, a horned punk rock angel. Grace Jones’ character is described as “the last face you would see before you die,” a casting move which taps into the childhood nightmares of viewers scarred by her performance in View To A Kill.
No release date or tour schedule has been announced, but you can follow Gutterdämmerung‘s progress over at the official site. As Gutterdämmerung gets closer to launch, Rollins and Hughes will periodically announce the rest of the “12 epic rock stars” rounding out the cast. Hughes even promises tickets to people who guess correctly (without saying how that process would work). So make your list now, and over the coming weeks you’ll be able to find out if Glen Danzig, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Keith Flint, Shane MacGowan, or Garrison Keillor wind up among the musicians lending their faces to this project.