Johnny Depp Chats Briefly on Playing Tonto in 'The Lone Ranger'
Back in November we got the official word from Disney that Gore Verbinski, director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films would reunite with franchise star Johnny Depp for a big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger. The project had been gestating for awhile, but now it's just that more of a reality sometime in the future. While we still don't have a name to play the titular character, Depp is definitely on board to play the hero's reliable sidekick Tonto. As for the project itself, Depp told EW, “I think it’s going to be good, when we have a chance to put it up on its feet. What we’ve got so far screenplay-wise is really great, really funny.” More below!
As for playing the part of Tonto, Depp, who is part Cherokee, is quite interested in delivering an honest portrayal of Native Americans. The actor says, "I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades. It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think.” I imagine the film will have the same blend of action, adventure and comedy that Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has delivered. For now we're still waiting for the project to take off, but Jerry Bruckheimer Films has released the logo above as a tease for the film's official website sometime down the road. Thoughts?