You only have a few months left before The Hunger Games takes over the pop-culture landscape completely. (Yes, the post-apocalyptic adventures of Katniss Everdeen have captivated readers in book form for a few years already, but the coming film franchise promises to make Jabberjays a permanent part of common parlance.)
Famed producer T Bone Burnett confirmed to MTV News that he and star Jennifer Lawrence have recorded “Rue’s Lullaby,” a tune that Katniss sings to a fellow Hunger Games contestant after the latter is mortally wounded in battle. “It was beautiful,” he told MTV. “She did great. She’s singing great. Killer actor too.”
The composer, who is co-creating the music for The Hunger Games with fellow Grammy winner Danny Elfman, did not reveal when the world would get to hear Lawrence croon “Rue’s Lullaby,” only nothing that it would be released “soon.”
The Hunger Games is slated to hit theaters in March 2012, with the second film in the series already booked for November 2013. The soundtrack to the film seems to be taking a different approach than the soundtracks to, say, the Twilight films, which are huge clearinghouses of big rock names and elite indie favorites.
Unsure of Lawrence’s musical chops? Check out her singing to an 8-track tape of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell doing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” from the 2008 film The Poker House.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to outrun a pack of monkey mutts.