The Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star was approached to take control of White's New York show, which will stream live on the internet on 27 April (12) - and he jumped at the opportunity.
Oldman tells the New York Times, ""It just fell from the sky. Occasionally you get calls and they just drop in. I didn't have to think very quickly about it. I just said, 'Yeah, that sounds very good.'""
But the actor admits he's having trouble communicating with White, who is not a fan of modern technology.
He adds, ""These are not extensive emails. These are one-liners, two-liners. A question and then he writes back and says, 'Yeah, that's cool.' I think he probably uses it reluctantly, out of necessity. I don't think he has a cell phone.
""It's very much a collaboration. It's not just me sitting in the driving seat - you're dependent on a lot of people for this to really run smoothly. But we're all driven by vibrancy and the energy of Jack White. He's the man at the helm, so to speak.""