Tom Waits Cast in Coen Brothers Movie The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Inductee Tom Waits performs onstage at the 26th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The Waldorf=Astoria on March 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Tom Waits has been cast in Joel and Ethan Coen’s upcoming movie The Ballad Of Buster ScruggsVariety reports that the project, which was first announced last year as a Netflix original series featuring six tales about the American frontier, has since evolved into a 132-minute feature film with a chaptered anthology structure.

“We’ve always loved anthology movies, especially those films made in Italy in the Sixties which set side-by-side the work of different directors on a common theme,” the Coens brothers say in a statement. “Having written an anthology of Western stories we attempted to do the same, hoping to enlist the best directors working today. It was our great fortune that they both agreed to participate.”

In addition to Waits, Tim Blake Nelson stars as the eponymous Buster Scruggs, and the rest of the cast includes Zoe Kazan and Liam Neeson. The film, which will be the Coens’ first-ever digital photography production, is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month and will hit Netflix by the end of the year. Waits also has a role in The Old Man And The Gun, which is out September 28.

This article originally appeared in Stereogum.


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