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Linkin Park to write Transformers 2 theme song

Linkin Park

Story by Jack Foley

IN TRUE summer blockbuster form, director/executive producer Michael Bay has turned to multiplatinum rock band Linkin Park to be part of the sonic backdrop for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the much-buzzed-about follow-up to his 2007 Oscar®-nominated hit.

The band just completed writing and recording the film’s theme song and is contributing to the score with award-winning composer Steve Jablonsky (Transformers, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and the score’s executive producer, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

The song, New Divide, is slated for a worldwide radio premiere on May 18 and will be available for purchase on iTunes immediately thereafter. It will also appear on the Warner Bros. Records soundtrack album, which arrives in stores on June 23.

“The opportunity to be creatively involved with one of the most anticipated films of the summer is pretty exciting,” says Linkin Park co-vocalist Mike Shinoda. “It’s one thing to shoot a video that matches sound and vision, but making music that’s built for the big screen is a completely different challenge and we ran with it.”

Michael Bay explained: “I love Linkin Park. This is the second film we’ve worked on together and the fact that they’re huge Transformers fans makes it all the better. They really delivered with New Divide – it’s a great song that perfectly matches the film’s intensity.”

Opening in theaters on June 24, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, will be Linkin Park’s second project with Bay.

The first Transformers film featured the band’s smash hit single What I’ve Done, which rocketed to No. 1 on both Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts.

In the highly anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots® against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons®.

Michael Bay directs from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman.