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Mad Max: Fury Road composer to score upcoming Deadpool film

Even if you were a huge fan of Mad Max: Fury Road, you may not have realized just how much the frenzied, locomotive soundtrack helped keep you where George Miller wanted you: On the edge of your seat.

Tom Holkenborg (a.k.a., Junkie XL) scored that film and Coming Soon is reporting that he’ll soon be lending his talents to another big-ticket production.

The coveted composer will be scoring the upcoming, Tim Miller-helmed Deadpool film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular “Merc with a Mouth.” How did we find out? How does anyone find anything out these days: Twitter.

On Saturday, Holkenborg took to the social network to express his excitement, tweeting out the unambiguous post you see embedded below.

We’re pretty psyched about this. One of Deadpool’s most interesting characteristics, of course, is his tenuous grip on sanity, and the artist currently known as Junkie XL has already proven that he can churn out the sort of frenetic, unpredictable beats that complement this kind of crazy.

For those unfamiliar with Deadpool’s off-the-wall persona, here’s what IMDB has to say about the plot of the film: “A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool.”

Holkenborg, who is from the Netherlands, has already worked on several blockbuster Hollywood films, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises. He will also be providing some Batman-specific music for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

While we don’t always give them the credit we deserve, composers can help make or break a film. Given his pedigree, we’re willing to bet that Holkenborg’s Deadpool score will do the former rather than the latter.

Deadpool also stars Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Ed Skrein (The Transporter Refueled), T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley), and Former Mixed Martial Artist Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6). The film is set to hit theaters February 12, 2016.

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