Disney taps Grammy-winner for blockbuster Western starring Johnny Depp
Hi-yo, Jack White!Walt Disney Pictures has wrangled the Grammy-winning rocker to write, produce and perform the score for Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ upcoming adaptation of “The Lone Ranger.” Project marks the first feature score for White, whose solo album “Blunderbuss” was released Tuesday. “Jack’s an amazing songwriter with a unique style,” Bruckheimer told Variety. “We’re thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture.” Starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, “The Lone Ranger” is based on the popular television series from the 1950s and tells the story of a masked crime fighter (Hammer) and his Native American sidekick , Tonto, played by Depp. Bruckheimer says the idea to hire White came from “Lone Ranger” helmer Gore Verbinski and Depp. “Gore hatched the idea and Johnny was thrilled with it,” Bruckheimer says. “We’re all very excited to have him on board.” White 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. While “The Lone Ranger” is the songwriter’s first full pic score, he penned a song for the 2008 James Bond pic “Quantum of Solace” and also performed a track on the 2007′s “Cold Mountain.” “The Lone Ranger,” produced by Bruckheimer, is now lensing filming in New Mexico and slated for release May 31, 2013.
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