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‘Hollywood Stargirl’ to Feature Original Score by Rob Simonsen & Duncan Blickenstaff and Songs by Michael Penn

Rob Simonsen and Duncan Blickenstaff have composed the original score for the new Disney+ Original movie “Hollywood Stargirl” which begins streaming on Disney+ on Friday, June 3, 2022.  Simonsen has previously worked on Ghostbusters: AfterlifeThe Adam ProjectFoxcatcherThe Way Back(500) Days of Summer, and The Age of Adeline. Blickenstaff has previously worked on Alex, Inc.Outmatched, and LA to Vegas.

Michael Penn has composed the music for the film and is credited as the project’s executive music producer and for providing additional music.  Penn has previously worked on Girls, Boogie Nights, and Masters of Sex.  

In addition to producing most of the songs recorded for the film (with Nick Baxter), Penn also wrote the original tracks Heaven Knows (performed by VanderWaal) and Miracle Mile (performed by Z Berg). VanderWaal also contributed her own original song Figure It Out (co-written with and produced by Mike Elizondo). Other songs featured in the film include covers of Penn’s own track No Myth (performed by Jasmine Ash & Peter Adams), Blondie’s Dreaming (performed by Thurman & VanderWaal), Brian Wilson’s Love and Mercy and the Barry Mann- & Cynthia Weil-penned Make Your Own Kind of Music (both performed by VanderWaal).

A soundtrack album for “Hollywood Stargirl” will be released on June 3 by Walt Disney Records.

Disney’s “Hollywood Stargirl” is a sequel to the 2020 Disney+ film about free spirit Stargirl Caraway (Grace VanderWaal), a silver-voiced teenager whose simple acts of kindness work magic in the lives of others. The upcoming film follows Stargirl’s journey out of Mica, Arizona and into a bigger world of music, dreams and possibilities. When her mother Ana (Judy Greer) is hired as the costume designer on a movie, they relocate to L.A., where Stargirl quickly becomes involved with an eclectic assortment of characters. They include aspiring filmmaking brothers Evan (Elijah Richardson) and Terrell (Tyrel Jackson Williams); Mr. Mitchell (Judd Hirsch), one of Stargirl’s neighbors; and Roxanne Martel (Uma Thurman), a musician Stargirl admires and encounters on her journey.

Returning as Stargirl, VanderWaal performs the original song “Figure It Out” she wrote for the film. Julia Hart returns to direct. Hart & Jordan Horowitz wrote the original script, based on the original character from Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling book Stargirl. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner” trilogy), Lee Stollman, p.g.a.(“All Together Now”) and Jordan Horowitz, p.g.a. (“La La Land”) are the producers, with Kristin Hahn, Nathan Kelly and Jerry Spinelli serving as executive producers.

You can watch the trailer for the movie below:

Source: Film Music Reporter

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