Taylor Swift offered fans a first taste of “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” – a re-record of her 2015 power ballad, off 1989. The song appears in a new trailer for DreamWorks’ forthcoming animated feature Spirit Untamed.
Sharing clips of the trailer on Instagram Live, Swift wrote, “Thank you #SpiritUntamed for using Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version) in your new trailer!!”
In theaters on June 4, Spirit Untamed marks the latest chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s popular franchise, which began with 2002’s Academy Award-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron. According to the film’s official website, Spirit Untamed follows the story of Lucky Prescott, “a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse.” The film features the voices of Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Isabela Merced.
The original version of “Wildest Dreams,” co-written by Swift with Max Martin and Shellback (who also produced the track), marked the fifth single off 1989. Featuring lush string instrumentation, the soaring, synth-pop song, which finds the narrator in a doomed relationship, was a Top 5 hit for Swift. Spirit Untamed isn’t the first theatrical use of the song. Earlier this year, an orchestral version of the track was included in the soundtrack to Netflix’s Bridgerton.
This weekend, Swift is up for six awards at the 63rd Annual Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (for Folklore); Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Cardigan”); Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“Exile” featuring Bon Iver); and Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Beautiful Ghosts,” written with Andrew Lloyd Webber for Cats).
Swift is also set to perform at the ceremony. Yesterday, in a video clip tweeted by CBS, the artist confirmed that her set would include her frequent collaborator, Jack Antonoff, and The National’s Aaron Dessner, who worked on Folklore and Evermore.
Swift shared that the upcoming performance “is really exciting because this has been an adventure that the three of us have gone on since the very beginning of quarantine and lockdown. And you know, we’ve only gotten to be together in the same room once. And so, this is really awesome to get to be together with them again.” She added that the three have been quarantining in the same house for the past week and are undergoing regular COVID testing.
“It’s just really exciting, honestly, to play music with your collaborators,” she added. “That’s something I’ll never take for granted again.”