While most of the focus on Gore Verbinski’s upcoming full-length adaptation of The Lone Ranger has focused on Johnny Depp’s pasty-faced and eccentric take on the sidekick character of Tonto, news broke this week that another pale, oddball artist will be bringing his weirdness to The Lone Ranger—former White Stripes frontman Jack White.
That’s right—the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist behind the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather (dude’s also a solo artist, a producer, and runs his own record label) will be writing the score to the upcoming film. This will mark the first time White has composed the score for a film (he did perform the theme to 2008’s A Quantum of Solace, “Another Way to Die,” with Alicia Keys, as well as a tune on 2007’s Cold Mountain soundtrack).
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer told Variety that nabbing White was a major coup, as White is “an amazing songwriter with a unique style…we’re thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture.” The producer went on to remark that the idea to hire the former White Stripes singer/guitarist was Gore Verbinski’s, and that star Johnny Depp gave his sign-off of approval.
The Lone Ranger is currently filming in New Mexico, and is set for a May 31, 2013. The film stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the ranger, with Depp as Tonto, his Native American sidekick. Rumors from the set have indicated that the film will have a Big Trouble in Little China-styled twist, in which the hero is really the sidekick, and that the “heroic” ranger will really be the bumbling sidekick who wouldn’t make it without Tonto.
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