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U2 duo to pen songs for Spider-Man musical

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Story by Jack Foley

U2 lead singer Bono and guitarist The Edge have reportedly agreed to write the music for the forthcoming Broadway musical, Spider-Man.

The talented duo will team up with director Julie Taymor (of Frida fame) to pen songs for the musical based on the enduring Marvel Comics hero.

Rehearsals for the production are set to begin on July 2, 2007, and directors are in the process of casting a young man with a “great pop/rock voice” to play the central Peter Parker/Spider-Man character, according to a report on Playbill.com.

U2 are no strangers to the comic book universe having already penned a song for the soundtrack of 1995’s Batman Forever – in the form of Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.

The Edge has also recorded the theme music to the hit American animated series The Batman.

Expectation surrounding the Spider-Man musical is high given the publicity surrounding the feature film franchise – which has become one of the most popular of all-time.

A third movie is due to open in global cinemas in May which is widely rumoured to mark the last collaboration between Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire for the project.

The soundtrack to Spider-Man 3 boasts songs from Snow Patrol, The Killers, The Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – all of which should help secure some sizeable record sales to match the anticipated box office receipts!