According to the film’s latest trailer, Hans Zimmer has taken over scoring duties on Gore Verbinski’s upcoming western The Lone Ranger. The film stars Armie Hammer in the title role of the masked crime fighter and Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick from the popular 1950s TV series. Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner and Barry Pepper are co-starring in the film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) has written the script with Terry Rossio & Ted Elliott (The Mask of Zorro). Zimmer has previously collaborated with Verbinski on the Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Ring and last year’s animated feature Rango. The composer is taking over for Jack White, lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band White Stripes and member of the Raconteur and the Dead Weather, who was previously announced as the composer of the movie. No word yet on if any music composed by White will be in the film. The Lone Ranger is set to be released on July 3, 2012 by Walt Disney Pictures. For updates on the western, visit the official movie website.

As previously reported, Zimmer also has Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel coming up next summer. The composer is also attached to score the fantasy drama Winter’s Tale. The film marks the feature directorial debut of writer/producer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and stars Colin Farrell as a thief who breaks into a dying young woman’s home and ends up falling for her. Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Kevin Corrigan and Eva Marie Saint are also starring. Will Smith is set to cameo as a judge. The movie is based on the novel by Mark Helprin and has been adapted for the screen by Goldsman who is also producing the film with Marc Platt (Drive, Wanted) and Michael Tadross. The Warner Bros. Pictures production is expected to be released in late 2013.

  1. Macejko says:

    Justice exists!

  2. Ds says:

    Hell YEAH!!

  3. Ds says:

    But the film isn’t out on May 31. Release date is July 3, i think!

  4. ed says:

    It was a given. There was no way a big studio picture like this would fall into the hands of a non-film composer. I like Jack’s music, but this needed a score akin to what the Zimmer crew churn out for Bruckheimer productions. It’ll probably feature some of White’s contribution – probably incidental folksy-type cues.

  5. Matt C. says:

    I hate to sound pessimistic, but I hope Zimmer reaches into his creative bag of tricks and does not rehash his music for Sherlock Holmes or Pirates of the Caribbean. I will be very thrilled if he actually uses more orchestra and less electronic loops and synths.

  6. CjP says:

    If it doesn’t include at least 30 seconds of the William Tell Overture, I’m boycotting. Otherwise, I promise not to complain.