Introducing: Johnny Depp as a Western Chameleon in Rango!

June 28, 2010

Johnny Depp as Rango

Remember when we debuted the announcement teaser a few weeks ago for Gore Verbinski's new animated movie called Rango and no one knew what the heck was going on in it? Well, now we know, and here he is. Below is your first look at Johnny Depp as Rango, a chameleon who ends up venturing into a western town called Dirt. Earlier today I visited Verbinski's offices in Burbank for a special introduction to Rango. We got to see a few early scenes from the movie and a teaser trailer (which hits tomorrow) and it looks really, really good. Rango is just one of many funky characters you'll meet in this fun animated western. Check him out!

Rango Poster

Rango is being directed by filmmaker Gore Verbinski, of The Mexican, The Ring, The Weather Man, and all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The script was written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd) based on a story by Verbinski and James Ward Byrkit. ILM is animating using "cutting edge techniques" that "allow [them] to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny's performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen." Paramount is bringing Rango to theaters on March 4th, 2011 next spring. Visit the official website as well:

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  • SexMaster
  • I still have no clue what this film is about so I hope the trailer reveals something. Logan writing though definitely has me intrigued.
  • Ron
    Will this be in 3D? Was that a stupid question since the answer is so obvious?
  • Said
    anything with johnny depp has to be good right?
  • DRM
    Wow, there's a lot of impressive talent behind this. I don't know what to think about the funk design yet, but the talent alone has got me interested.
  • Xerxex
    pretty awesome. Ron that will never be a stupid question.
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Hahaha, this totally reminds me of Depp on the poster for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. xD The huge eyes (resembling his sunglasses), the skinny kinda warped neck and the hawaiian shirt, and all of that with nothing but desert and a huge blue sky in the background. I wonder if that's a coincidence.
  • Any idea if this is going to be completely "family friendly" (i.e. rated G), or if it will be PG or PG13? I'd like to be able to take my kids... Chuck PS. Depp rocks!
  • Eli
    Yeah, there is some good talent aside from Depp. Verbinski did well with the first pirates film where he and Depp collaborated.
  • CGJohnson
    It makes me picture Rocco from "Rocco's Modern Life" for some reason. Must be that shirt...
  • Akirakorn
    ...and his sidekick, a vulture named Dr. Gonzo will be played by Benicio Del Toro. (look for a cameo by Tobey Maguire as a strung out spider) 😛
  • FancyMonocle
    @7 Exactly what I was thinking!
  • Zenovia
    I really liked this movie'it was very entertaining,however kids under thirteen might want to see this film,but some of the language and subject matter might be too complex at times.Johnny Depp was the "right actor" for this part,i liked the blending in of other movies in this film,ex: The Hills Have Eyes,and the Clint Eastwood parts.The animation was Fantastic" it should win something at the Oscar's.
  • Mwasborchardt
    Just watch Rango with an open mind and a smile on your face.  The story is pretty clear. Kids may not enjoy it because if you can't believe in what they are talking about, you lose the point.
  • Kris0321
    I was not impressed with the movie as they cursed in a child's 5 yr old went around repeating it so I give this movie a thumbs down




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