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How Steve McQueen convinced Sade to record new music for his film Widows: “She trusted me


Gary Miller/FilmMagicSade has recorded a new song called “The Big Unknown” for Steve McQueen’s new movie, Widows, and the director was thrilled to work with the iconic singer.

“I think it was a case of her trusting me,” McQueen tells ABC Radio. “I don’t think she makes any kind of decision lightly.”

Widows stars Viola Davis as Veronica, a fierce widow whose husband, along with his accomplices, are killed during an attempted robbery. Her character then recruits the accomplices’ widows to pull off a heist her late husband was planning. “The Big Unknown” was specifically written for the film’s final scene. 

McQueen says the song captures Veronica’s loss and then, ultimately, her survival. 

“Every lyric..It’s like a fine razor-blade cut,” the Oscar-winner says. “At the same time, it heals at the end of the song.”   

McQueen says “The Big Unknown” expresses how Davis’ character soldiered on following the death of her husband.

“I mean, there’s a lyric in that song which is so beautiful: ‘I had to go back to save me from the wreck/I know it’s not over yet.'”

Although there’s no formal confirmation, Sade’s reportedly working on music for an upcoming album.  “The Big Unknown” is her second movie song of the year, following “Flower in the Universe,” which she recorded for director Ava DuVernay’s fantasy film, A Wrinkle in Time.  That tune was her first new music in eight years.

Widows, which also stars Michelle RodriguezDaniel Kaluuya and Brian Tyree Henry, opens today in theaters nationwide.

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