Jessica Biel explains how her husband, Justin Timberlake, was persuaded to create the score for her latest film, which she stars and produces, The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea. It’s not often that a major pop star becomes enlisted to handle the cue sheet for an independent feature. 

Together with her producing partner Michelle Purple, Biel phoned Timberlake and insisted, “‘You’re going to do this. And you’re going to do this for free. And we made him sign a paper he’d do it for free with a ‘blood stamp.’” While the film was in production, Biel had to return home due to the pending birth of their child.

Also starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams and Mary Steenburgen, the film follows an introverted architect (Sudeikis) who finds solace following the death of his wife (Biel) after meeting a homeless teen (Williams) determined to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic. “[The story] is from a script originally written by Robbie Pickering and Jessica and I discovered it,” said director Bill Purple.

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday, but it plays again on the following dates.