The project, which focuses on a teenager with special abilities, began as a short story, Sia said. “Over the years, I’ve had this fantasy of doing it,” she said, adding that she had long lacked confidence.
Although she co-directed the video for “Chandelier” (2014) with Daniel Askill, she wondered, “Am I just a singer with good ideas or am I a good director?” Talking to Askill, then to screenwriter Dallas Clayton, Sia decided to move on with “Music.”
“I thought, ‘How hard can it be?’ It’s like making a music video, but every day for 40 days, “she said.
The lead role is played by Kate Hudson (“Almost Famous”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, “Mother’s Day”), who also appeared in Sia’s video “Together” (2020). Alongside her are Leslie Odom Jr. and Maddie Ziegler, Sia’s protégé, as well as Juliette Lewis and Ben Schwartz.
Hudson is Zu, a free-spirited, addicted alien to her own family, who finds herself in the position of being the only protector of her step-sister, played by Ziegler, a teenager diagnosed with autism. Her special abilities challenge Zu and teach her to overcome obstacles in life, with the help of her neighbor Ebo (Odom Jr.).
The singer did the casting herself, using social networks. He saw Hudson singing in a video uploaded to Instagram, and Odom Jr. in a Broadway show, and approached them.
With Ziegler, she also worked for the video “Chandelier”, and she accompanied Sia to various events. “I want to work with her until the day I die,” Sia said of the 18-year-old. “She’s the most professional person I’ve ever worked with.”
The film cost $ 16 million, and she admitted that she wanted the final product to be perfect. “I am Sia! I have to do something really good. I can’t do anything mediocre and it’s been mediocre for a few years. “