Life out of stripes is looking good for indie rock mainstay Jack White. Not only did the long-haired rocker release his first solo effort, Blunderbuss, this week to impressive ratings, but the one-time member of The White Stripes also landed a pretty impressive side gig: Writing the music for Disney’s upcoming film The Lone Ranger.
"Jack’s an amazing songwriter with a unique style," Jerry Bruckheimer, who’s producing the 2013 vehicle, told Variety. "We’re thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture."
White also knows a thing or two about being in a weird, sexually ambiguous pair. While we can’t say for sure if anything is going on between The Lone Ranger (played by Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp), their relationship has always been suspect. Ditto for White and his former bandmate Meg White, who long claimed she was his sister but was eventually outed as his ex-wife, giving the Pitchfork set their closest ever brush with Jerry Springer-style drama.
It’s not White’s first time at the, uh, rodeo. He’s made music for a James Bond flick, 2008’s Quantum of Solace, and the 2007 movie Cold Mountain—two pieces that apparently made enough of an impression to hire the guy for his first full score.
“[Director] Gore [Verbinski] hatched the idea and Johnny was thrilled with it," Bruckheimer said. "We’re all very excited to have him on board."
Here’s a few other rockers who’ve given Hollywood their business.
Trent Reznor. The Nine Inch Nails frontman might have amassed an army of brooding teens in the 90s with his parent-baiting, industrial anthems, but now he collects awards—Reznor won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his score to The Social Network and was nominated for another Globe for his work on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Jonny Greenwood. Radiohead’s global popularity just wasn’t enough to keep guitarist and keyboard player Greenwood busy, so he struck out on his own, scoring films like 2007’s mustache extravaganza There Will Be Blood and last year’s Tilda Swinton school shooting stunner We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Karen O. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman has always made music that’s cinematic in scope—try walking down the street listening to Fever to Tell and not imagining yourself in a movie—but she branched out to actual celluloid in 2005 with a song for horror bomb House of Wax. Since then she’s worked on both Jackass 2 and Jackass 3D as well as I’m Not There and, most notably, did the entire score for Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are.