The iconic American musician Iggy Pop may not be known for his acting prowess, even if his filmography continues to grow and impress. From appearing in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes to lending his voice to 2007s groundbreaking animation Persepolis, the artist’s unique voice and personality bring a particular edge to any project he takes on.
In his latest role, Iggy Pop is set to narrate a documentary focusing on the discovery and exhibition of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb. Named Tutankhamun: The Last Exhibition, the factual film follows the uncovering of the tomb in 1922 as well as the touring exhibition that would come after, named ‘King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh’. Containing over 150 artefacts from the grave of King Tut, the exhibition was expected to run until 2023, though the pandemic cut it short. The artefacts will never leave Egypt again, the government recently confirmed.
Produced by Nexo Digital, spokesperson Rosella Gioffré stated that they were looking for “somebody that could give a different appeal to the narration of the movie,” when casting Iggy Pop.
Made in collaboration with the Italian cultural agency Laboratoriorosso, CEO and producer Sandro Vannini added, “when we heard his voice for the first time we said this is the voice”. “This is what we need for this film. The voice of Iggy Pop is simply incredible…when he read the story what he was going to narrate he was immediately keen to work with us,” Vannini continued, praising the vocal talents of the musician.
News of Iggy Pop’s casting in the role joins announcements made earlier this year which revealed the musician would join the cast of Jeremy LaLonde’s comedy film Blue Iguana, appearing alongside Bob Saget, Joel David Moore, Jason Jones, Carly Chaikin and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
Until then, enjoy Iggy Pop’s performance in Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes: