Hans Zimmer Replacing Jack White as Composer on 'Lone Ranger'

December 14, 2012
Source: The Playlist

Hans Zimmer / The Lone Ranger

Back in the spring, we got the exciting news that musician Jack White was going to score Disney's adaptation of The Lone Ranger. Well, the keen eyes at The Playlist noticed that the credits at the end of the most recent trailer listed Pirates of the Caribbean and The Dark Knight composer Hans Zimmer in that role instead. However, as they point out, Zimmer has worked with musicians like Rodrigo y Gabriela in his scores, so it didn't seem out of the ordinary. But an official statement from Disney confirms that Jack White is no longer working on The Lone Ranger score and Zimmer is now the man behind the film score. Read on!

However, Disney said, "Jack White, who had originally been contemplated to score and has contributed several pieces of music to the production, was logistically unavailable due to scheduling conflicts that arose when the film’s release moved to July of 2013.” We're not sure if it's as simple as that, but if Disney really didn't like what White was doing with the score, I imagine they wouldn't use any of his music. So perhaps scheduling issues really did keep White from finishing his work on the film. The good news is Zimmer has done great work for Gore Verbinski on Pirates, and more appropriately, Rango, so it's not a complete loss.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Hans Zimmer > Jack White any day. I like some of the man's music, but when it comes to raw musical talent there's not much of a comparison.

Phillip Gockel on Dec 14, 2012


I think they're two very different kind of musicians, and I think their talent is equal in their respective arenas.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 14, 2012


Eh, agree to disagree I guess.

Phillip Gockel on Dec 14, 2012



Ethan Anderton on Dec 14, 2012


Honestly, in my head I was really hoping this thread would somehow play out in the style of Anchorman, you know, a whale's vagina and all. However, a bilingual bloodbath it is!

Phillip Gockel on Dec 14, 2012


Alternatively: COME AT ME BRO!

Phillip Gockel on Dec 14, 2012


@phillibuster87:disqus @EthanAnderton:disqus Hans Zimmer is a far better choice for The Lone Ranger's music. If it was Jack White who did the music for this movie, it would just sound absolutely awful in The Lone Ranger.

Sean Bonau on Dec 14, 2012


Production delays, rumors/reports of going over budget, switching composers...these typically are not the best signs. The trailers haven't exactly made me excited for this one either. I'm not trying to hate, but it just doesn't look like it's for me. I hope it turns out good for what it is though.

Chris Groves on Dec 14, 2012


i just wish someone would take that bird off of johnny depps head.

beevis on Dec 14, 2012


Been thinking the same thing. Hope that schtick is only in a couple of scenes. It looks ridiculous.

jsmith0552 on Dec 15, 2012


Not a shocker at all. He does every Bruckheimer production anyways. Even if not officially the "original" choice, Zimmer somehow winds up filling the role (see POTC which was supposed ot Alan Silvestri) through some convenient quirk. So what are the "odds" it happened again? Very small if we're honest. I'm a Zimmer fan don't get me wrong, but why they pretend to use someone else is a mystery when it ends the same anyways.

LightningB on Dec 14, 2012


This can only be considered good news.

jsmith0552 on Dec 15, 2012


Disney should stick to what works. Zimmer rarely fails. Jack White was a terrible choice.

castingcouch on Dec 15, 2012


I really love Zimmer's soundtracks. This ought to be another success story for him

Rosalee Adams on Dec 17, 2012

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