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Bruce Springsteen-directed ‘Western Stars’ documentary to be released this fall


The documentary "Western Stars" will be the first film directed by Bruce Springsteen. (Warner Bros.)

It’s pretty much a safe bet that Bruce Springsteen can do just about anything.

The 20-time Grammy Award-winning rock-'n'-roll legend is adding film director to his diverse portfolio.

The documentary “Western Stars” features archival footage and personal narration, as well as Springsteen performing all the songs on the opus of the same name — his first studio album in five years recorded with a band and a full orchestra in his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.

Ahead of its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, Warner Bros. will release the film in theaters this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Bruce lives in the super-rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With Western Stars, Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead," Warner Bros. picture group chairman Toby Emmerich said Friday in a statement. "As one of his many fans for over 40 years, I couldn’t be happier to be a rider on this train with Bruce and Thom.”

Released in June, “Western Stars” is the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s 19th studio album and follows Springsteen’s sold-out Broadway engagement, which resulted in a Tony Award win and a subsequent Netflix special.

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Co-directed by Thom Zimny, a first look of the documentary started playing ahead of the recently released film “Blinded by the Light,” Gurinder Chadha’s true-to-life story of a Pakistani high-schooler in Margaret Thatcher-era England inspired by Springsteen’s music.