Today, you can hear Metallica as you’ve never heard them before — twice — on the soundtrack of the new Disney movie, Jungle Cruise.
The band worked with noted composer James Newton Howard to reimagine “Nothing Else Matters” for the film. Two different instrumental versions of the song appear on the soundtrack: one is a mostly sedate, acoustic guitar-and-strings version that runs for about a minute-and-a-half, and the other is a much more rocking version featuring strings plus the Metallica thunder.
In a statement, the band says, “It was an honor to work with renowned, legendary composer James Newton Howard as we reimagined the song by performing his arrangement and creating a rendition we like to think is fit for an excursion through the Amazon.”
They add, “Not only are we big fans of Disney, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Howard, an eight-time Oscar nominee who has been recognized for films such as The Fugitive, Michael Clayton, and The Village.”
Set around World War I, Jungle Cruise, which is now in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access, stars Emily Blunt as an adventurer who hires an Amazon riverboat captain, played by Dwayne Johnson, to take her and her brother in search of a magical plant that can cure all illnesses.
Of course, if you want to hear even more versions of “Nothing Else Matters,” there are 12 different ones on the upcoming The Metallica Blacklist album, performed by everyone from Miley Cyrus and Phoebe Bridgers to My Morning Jacket and country star Chris Stapleton.
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