Ryan Gosling Saddling Up to Join Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger'
Last November we got official word from Disney that Pirates of the Caribbean franchise director Gore Verbinski would be at the helm of a big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger featuring Johnny Depp as the titular hero's sidekick Tonto. Since then we've been wondering who would saddle up to play the western protagonist, and now The Wrap reports Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, The Notebook) is currently in talks to take the role. It's yet another move for Gosling to become more of a mainstream star with his taking roles in films like Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive, and the remake of Logan's Run from Refn coming up, too.
The Lone Ranger's origin story begins with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice. A pairing of Gosling and Depp is quite a prospect for a project like this, especially if Verbinski can bring the same kind of magic he brought to Pirates of the Caribbean. There's a chance Gosling's schedule might prevent him from taking the role, but we'll keep you posted. Thoughts?