Disney's 'Lone Ranger' Returns, Tom Wilkinson & Armie Hammer Set
Though we've said it many times already, Disney's The Lone Ranger is back on track, heading into production. Deadline has posted news confirming a few details, adding that Disney has greenlit the project and has a nearly complete cast set, with Armie Hammer leading and Johnny Depp as Tonto, as well as Ruth Wilson ("Luther", Anna Karenina) as the female lead Rebecca Reid. He also confirms that Tom Wilkinson is now closing his deal to play the villain Latham Cole, a railroad tycoon in the Old West, as we reported. So after a little stop and start, some updates and big budget cuts, they're ready to go once again.
Disney's The Lone Ranger is being directed by Gore Verbinski (The Mexican, The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Rango), produced by none other than Jerry Bruckheimer, from a screenplay written by Pirates crew Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, with Justin Haythe. In addition to Hammer, Depp, Wilson and Wilkinson, the supporting cast includes Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale and Dwight Yoakum, who we've all heard named before and fit perfectly into the mix of this Western action flick. The cast is set and shooting begins in February, whether you're excited or not. According to our update a few months ago, this is now set to hit theaters May 2013. Good luck, hope it turns out awesome.