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Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, and Iron & Wine Were Cut From Terrence Malick’s Song to Song

Song to Song, the South by Southwest-inspired drama director Terrence Malick has been shooting since 2011, premieres at none other than than SXSW itself this Friday. As we already know, the film features an ensemble of A-list actors (Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman) as well as an impressive lineup of musicians, including Patti Smith, Lykke Li, the Black Lips, Iggy Pop, Florence Welch, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Pitchfork had a look at the film’s full credits today, and the list of names only got longer: The Sex Pistols’ John Lydon and Neon Indian‘s Alan Palomo both have speaking parts, as do Smith, Pop, and the Chili Peppers. Lykke Li plays the ex-girlfriend of Gosling’s character; the Black Lips play Mara’s band. You’ll also be able to catch sight of Diplo, Tegan and Sarah, Big Freedia, and Spank Rock.

Several other big indie acts were filmed, but not included in the film’s final cut, including Arcade Fire, Iron & Wine, and Fleet Foxes. (Christian Bale also shot scenes for the movie that got cut.)

The presumably eclectic soundtrack includes Bob DylanDie Antwoord, the Plasmatics, Julianna Barwick, Meredith Monk, Gyptian, Sharon Van Etten, and an unreleased Patti Smith song called “God Running.”

Set in Austin, Song to Song was shot at SXSW in 2012 and at Austin City Limits and Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2011 and 2012. It premieres at SXSW on March 10, and in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on March 17. Revisit the film’s trailer below.