Jack White will be bringing his love of old-timey tunesmanship to Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer’s upcoming remake of The Lone Ranger.
The White Stripes and Raconteurs musician has a well-documented love of roots music, and will be bringing that to the Old West tale, along with his own modern edge, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said Tuesday at CinemaCon, the annual convention for theater owners. “So we’re going to have a little rock ‘n’ roll score, and I can’t wait to hear his rendition of the William Tell Overture,” Bruckheimer said.
The producer also revealed a few more details about what traits from the classic Western series they’ll be keeping, and how this relationship between Tonto and The Lone Ranger is like “The Odd Couple meeting The Wild Bunch.”
This will be his first score, but White has dabbled periodically in movie music in the past. He had a small role in 2003’s Civil War-era Cold Mountain, in which he sang several tradition songs, including “Wayfaring Stranger.” In 2008, he co-wrote and performed the song “Another Way to Die” with Alicia Keys for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.
There’s no word on whether he will actually appear in The Lone Ranger, but smart money would bet on it. He has been known to turn up in cameos from time to time, such as a bit part as Elvis Presley in the rock bio-pic spoof Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Bruckheimer revealed some new details about the movie, which is currently shooting in New Mexico with plans to debut next may. “We have the classic elements, the big white hat for The Lone Ranger, though he’s not wearing his blue suit,” the producer said with a smile. “But he has his black mask, and he has silver bullets, and of course he has his horse Silver. Everything else is slightly different.”
As is already widely known, the story is told from Tonto’s point of view. “Tonto and The Lone Ranger aren’t exactly in sync,” Bruckheimer said. “They share the same quest for justice, but they approach it from two different points of view. The Lone Ranger is a prosecutor coming back to his home in Texas from back east, and he believes in the law of the courtroom, where Tonto has a whole different perspective on the law, and likes to take it into his own hands. They see justice completely differently.”