Twilight star Robert Pattinson has signed on to appear in an upcoming film project about The Band.
Few details are known about the movie, but the British actor reveals it will focus on the group’s craft more than anything else.
In an interview with French magazine Les InRockuptibles, Pattinson is quoted as saying, “I’m going to do a movie about The Band, the one that played with (Bob) Dylan: a beautiful script about the nature of songwriting.”
The Band was founded in the 1960s by the late Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and drummer Levon Helm, who lost his battle with throat cancer in April, and would regularly perform with folk icon Bob Dylan.
Elton John is convinced he came up with the perfect tribute to Levon Helm by naming his son after The Bandstar.
The Rocket Man immortalized the rocker in his track Levon and also named his baby son after the musician, calling the tot Zachary Jackson Levon.
Elton was devastated to hear of Helm’s death from cancer on Thursday, but hopes to keep his memory alive through his little boy.
He tells Entertainment Weekly, “When I heard The Band’s music from Big Pink, their music changed my life. And Levon was a big part of that band… He was the greatest drummer and a wonderful singer and just a part of my life that was magical.”
“They once flew down to see me in Philadelphia and I couldn’t believe it. They were one of the greatest bands of all time. They really changed the face of music when their records came out.
“I had no idea he was sick so I’m very dismayed and shocked that he died so quickly. But now my son has his name.”