If you like some music to go along with your movies, today is your treat. First up, Jack White of the now defunct White Stripes, who just released his solo album, has signed on to write, produce and perform his own original score for Disney’s big blockbuster The Lone Ranger. Despite his music being featured in a number of films and many filmmakers, including Michel Gondry, crafting his music videos, this will be his first foray into scoring a feature film. Look (and listen) for Gore Verbinski‘s film, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, in about a year when it arrives on May 31st, 2013.
We’ve also got news that electronica artist Moby will be lending his hand to Fredrik Bond‘s feature debut, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf, Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger. The film revolves around a young man named Charlie Countryman who falls for the beautiful property (Evan Rachel Wood) of a dangerous crime boss (Mads Mikkelsen). In trying to win the hand of the woman he loves, Charlie most endure beating after beating. Schweiger is to play Darko, a Serbian gangster and former soldier in hiding, running a strip club in Budapest. Moby, possibly best known in the film scene for his song contributions to the Bourne and James Bond series, definitely adds a new dimension to this film. [Deadline]
Last up, composer Thomas Newman, who is coming off his Skyfall gig, will be scoring Steven Soderbergh’s next film The Bitter Pill. Having worked with the director on Erin Brockovich and The Good German, this will mark their third collaboration, for the film starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vinessa Shaw. Newman usually puts out quality work, so it’s interesting to see Soderbergh pick a more classic composer rather than his recent collaborations, most notably Cliff Martinez. The Bitter Pill arrives this February. [The Playlist]
What do you think about these composers? Which score are you looking forward to most?
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