Producer Jerry Bruckheimer announced White's involvement in the film—starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and due out in theaters next year—at industry event CinemaCon on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
The 36-year-old musician, who recently released his first solo album "Blunderbuss," is no stranger to cinema: White has racked up 36 soundtrack titles to date (a few of which are for television) for those including "Footloose," "Crazy, Stupid, Love," "The Social Network," and "Zombieland." He has gained acting credits in films such as "Cold Mountain" (a 2003 feature for which he also wrote music), and Jim Jarmusch film "Coffee and Cigarettes." White was also a central subject in a 2008 documentary on marquee electric guitar players "It Might Get Loud."
"So we're going to have a little rock 'n' roll score, and I can't wait to hear [White's] rendition of the William Tell Overture," Bruckheimer said Tuesday, referring to the musical theme of the '50s-era television show on which the film is based.
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With all this buzz building around a film that doesn't come out for more than a year (May 31, 2013), I'm starting to wonder if Bruckheimer has jumped the gun. Will fans be tired of hearing about "Lone" before it even comes out?
In another film-related project, White is working on a concert webcast, directed by Oscar-nominated actor Gary Oldman. Behind-the-scenes footage of the two at work has been posted to tease the event, which will stream live on Friday night at 9 p.m. EST.