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Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer will be writing the score to Disney’s The Lone Ranger, replacing guitarist Jack White, who was previously announced as the Johnny Depp film’s composer.
According to Indiewire, the first hint that White had dropped out of the film came when the new trailer was released earlier in the week. Zimmer was listed as the composer in the credits, but since the Lion King composer has worked with other artists in the past, it wasn’t assumed that White was completely out of the project.
However, Disney later issued a statement confirming that White has been replaced, reports Entertainment Weekly.
“Oscar winner Hans Zimmer, the musical mastermind behind Disney’s and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean, has signed on to compose the score for The Lone Ranger,” the statement from Disney read. “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.”
The Lone Ranger is scheduled for release on July 3, 2013 and stars Armie Hammer in the title role and Depp as Tonto. It was directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who have both worked with Zimmer in the past.
Zimmer has been nominated for several Oscars and won for The Lion King in 1995. He is also a frequent collaborator with Christopher Nolan, having scored his Dark Knight trilogy and the upcoming Man of Steel, which Nolan is producing.
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