Looks like we can take “Hollywood composer” off Jack White’s résumé for next year. The consistently busy White has dropped out of composing the upcoming Lone Ranger film and has been replaced by the Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.
As Indiewire points out in a new trailer for the upcoming film, Zimmer’s name was credited instead of White’s as the film’s composer, sending a whirlwind of rumors into effect. Disney just released a statement confirming the rumor.
“Oscar winner Hans Zimmer, the musical mastermind behind Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Pirates of the Caribbean, has signed on to compose the score for The Lone Ranger. Jack White was logistically unavailable due to scheduling conflicts that arose when the film’s release moved to July of 2013,” the statement read.
While fans of White won’t be hearing his score in the upcoming Lone Ranger, they were able to see him on the small screen. White made a surprise appearance during the special Christmas themed episode of Portlandia. While he did not utter a single sound, his appearance was the perfect ending to the sketch that featured Fred Armisen as an ex-hippie who put together a home recording studio.
Check out the clip of White on Portlandia below and to see the Lone Ranger when it hits theaters on July 3.