The Trolls soundtrack has already granted us the gift of new Justin Timberlake music and it’s only getting more generous as new details emerge. The JT-curated soundtrack will feature contributions from James Corden, Icona Pop, and Zooey Deschanel, but also a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” by Timberlake and Anna Kendrick.
Timberlake is serving as both the curator and the executive producer of the soundtrack. He’ll appear on four songs: the Lauper cover, the just-released “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and two as-yet-unknown tracks. Given the trailer, we’re crossing our fingers that those last two aren’t takes on Silento’s inescapable “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” and the 69 Boyz’ “Tootsee Roll.” Even money they let Deschanel explain the difference between the Butterfly and the Tootsie Roll with ukulele accompaniment.
Trolls stars the same people that are all over its soundtrack as well as Jeffrey Tambor, Gwen Stefani and Russell Brand. It asks the question at the heart of our mid-’90s nightmares: What if troll dolls were sentient beings? The soundtrack will hit shelves on Sept. 23, well over a month before the film’s Nov. 4 release date.
Timberlake has been busy enough that we doubt Trolls is all he’s working on. The singer, whose last release came all the way back in 2013 is hitting the studio with Pharrell and Timbaland, his most dependable collaborators, along with country stars Little Big Town.