ALL-STARS AND STRIPES!!

Jack and Meg to appear on screen together for a new film, while Jack takes time out to produce his heroine Loretta Lynn...

White Stripes

are teaming up with STEVE COOGAN, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, STEVE BUSCEMI and ALFRED MOLINA in an all-star film project for veteran NEW YORK indie director JIM JARMUSCH, NME.COM can reveal.

With Jack White’s big screen role in Anthony Minghella’s ‘Cold Mountain’ due for release later this year, both Jack and Meg will now play themselves in a feature-length collection of self-contained scenes entitled ‘Coffee And Cigarettes’.

“It’s very naturalistic, semi-improvised dialogue,” Steve Coogan told NME.COM. “All the people play themselves in it and I play Steve Coogan, this British comedian who’s in New York and wants to try and break into America.”

Although Coogan does not appear on screen with theWhite Stripes, he is a fan of the band and caught their live show in Berlin recently.

Beginning in 1986, Jarmusch has already shot three short films in the ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’ series. He has a long history of hiring musicians as actors, working with Tom Waits, Iggy Pop and the late Joe Strummer, among others.

In other White Stripes

news, Jack White is to produce tracks for “the best singer-songwriter of the 20th century”, Loretta Lynn.

The collaboration comes following Lynn’s performance at a recent White Stripes concert in New York, where he joined her onstage for two of her hits. The band’s 2001 LP ‘White Blood Cells’ is also dedicated to her.

“I wanted to cry when I heard these (new) songs,” he said. “She’s still writing amazing songs.” He added that the album “will be getting away from this horrible production of modern country music that I can’t stand and getting down to something raw like she really is”.

“We really hit it off,” he continued. “There’s some kind of connection with us. I feel really comfortable with her, and I think she feels really comfortable with me, which I’m really glad for, because I could see someone like me – the way I look or whatever – not being appealing or her thinking that maybe I wasn’t down with the kind of music she does. She could tell that we had the same love for the same things about music.”