Jack White to Score THE LONE RANGER Starring Johnny Depp

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Well this is interesting.  Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is currently in production on his big-budget iteration of The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, but it appears he’s already found the perfect person to compose the score for the film.  Disney announced today that the incredibly talented Jack White will write, produce and perform the score for the Disney pic.  Though at first White may seem like an odd choice, I think his inclusion speaks to the vision Verbinski has for The Lone Ranger.  The director crafted a superbly entertaining Western with last year’s Rango, and I think White is a swell choice to write the music for his Western-leaning take on The Lone Ranger.

Apparently White was Verbinski’s idea, and Depp responded enthusiastically to the choice.  Though White has done some fine acting in the past (Cold Mountain, Walk Hard), he’ll be too busy with his touring schedule to make an appearance in the film.  Nevertheless, I can’t wait to hear White’s rendition of the “William Tell Overture.”  Hit the jump for a refresher on the Lone Ranger theme song and for a sample of Jack White’s work.  The Lone Ranger opens on May 31st, 2013.

jack-white-the-lone-rangerHere’s the announcement from Disney:

The Walt Disney Studios announced today at CinemaCon that Jack White will write, produce and perform the score for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ highly anticipated The Lone Ranger. White, who today released his first solo album “Blunderbuss” to critical acclaim, is a musician, singer, songwriter and producer who first achieved notoriety as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band The White Stripes and then as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.  The Lone Ranger will mark White’s first foray into feature film scoring. The Lone Ranger, directed by Gore Verbinski and featuring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid, the Lone Ranger, is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. The Lone Ranger is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and hits theaters May 31, 2013.

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  • Kimosabi

    Have to say, this move is fantastic! Music is the soul of a movie, and based on that Jolene video above, coupled with Verbinskis amazing Rango, with the epicness of the Pirates films, I think Lone Ranger will turn out to be something unexpectedly brilliant!

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  • wacko3205

    I just aint a White Stripes fan…nor do I get Jack Black…but that’s just me. I think that they’re a severly acquired taste…the guy is talented…no doubt…but something’s just never clicked.

    That said…The Proposition with Guy Pearce & Danny Houston had one of the best tracks to date for a “Westernesque” film & that was a Nick Cave gig if I aint mistooken.

    I have high hopes for this…the first is that it aint a freakin Depp Comedic Twist.

  • Duder NME

    Jack White should team up with Jack Black and do a remake of Ozark Mountain Devil’s “Jackie Blue”, with clips from “Jackie Brown” in the video.

  • Dre Dre

    dnag, i was hoping for Hans Zimmer, he always does Gore Verbinski’s movies…:(

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