Normally, the composer chosen to work the score of an upcoming science-fiction film project wouldn’t be considered particularly newsworthy. But Mica Levi’s involvement makes this an understandable exception. The 29-year-old Surrey-born experimental pop musician (she originally gained notoriety with her band Micachu & The Shapes) has been racking up the accolades lately for her haunting soundtrack to Pablo Larraín’s biopic Jackie, which The A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd muses “might be the soundtrack of the year.” Before that, she ingratiated herself with cinephiles for the truly disturbing discordant soundscape she created for Jonathan Glazer’s 2013 cult film Under The Skin.
So, the fact that Levi has signed on as composer for the forthcoming Marjorie Prime, as Fact reports, means that the sci-fi “dramedy” will have at least one truly interesting component. Though, the whole thing actually seems pretty promising. Written and directed by Michael Almereyda (Nadja), based on the play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jordan Harrison, it will tell the story of an elderly woman in the near future who gets the chance to spend time with a younger version of her deceased husband, via artificial intelligence and holographic projection technology. On top of that, Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, and Tim Robbins have joined the cast. But even if the talent involved somehow blows this, we’ll at least have some gratingly beautiful background music to pleasantly unsettle us as we squirm in our seats.