Ryan Gosling Saddling Up to Join Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger'

April 15, 2011
Source: The Wrap

Lone Ranger / Ryan Gosling

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?

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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


what O_O they should have cast paul walker as the lone ranger not him! we need a recast!

Fallendeathmetal on Apr 15, 2011


Because Johnny Depp looks oh-so-Native-American... sigh.

Tahariel on Apr 15, 2011


ryan gosling will o a great job

Phatho_69 on Apr 16, 2011


Gosling would be great for this role.

ozzie on Apr 16, 2011


Great there goes that movie!

Anonymous on Apr 16, 2011


I ain't even mad. This movie could be about Hannah Montana singing and dancing her way to Pluto on a unicorn galloping with 8 tentacles while reenacting the entire Showgirls movie, chugging a Big Gulp and harmonizing with her musical farts, and I'd still watch the hoohaw out of this movie if these two were in it.

YESSSSSS. on Apr 16, 2011


tahariel..... johnny depp is native on his mother's side. cherokee i believe

indyjack on Apr 16, 2011


Aw man, does anybody remember YOUNG HERCULES? I LOVE that Show!!!

NEd on Apr 16, 2011


I'm so syked for this! Was a big fan of the last film in the 80's! Can't wait and with Gore onboard. woot.

Dominic on Apr 16, 2011


2 top actors who've been pulled into mainstream... can't wait!

Dominic on Apr 16, 2011


Johnny Depp is a great choice as Tonto or even Lone Ranger. Gosling... if he's in it I'm not paying to see this film. He's the wrong choice for Lone Ranger. They should get Chris Pine.

Rpin on Apr 16, 2011


But whatever you do, do not let the producers of X-Men First Class be involved in this in any way. They ruin everything they touch.

Rpin on Apr 16, 2011


Great casting......LOVE Depp, LOVE Gosling.......nuff said

Ryan on Apr 16, 2011


Johnny is part Cherokee.. Have you ever seen The Brave? He will bring a whole new spin on Tonto, which will be refreshing to say the least. Ryan would be good in this part... George Clooney and Johnny would be a great pairing also.

Kimponyexpress on Apr 16, 2011


Ohh this sounds good to me! 😉

Claire on Apr 16, 2011


More worried about Verbinski directing. He pissed all over the story for Pirates 3 and then decided it needed a 4th installment? I don't have much hope for Pirates 4, but Depp is always fun when given oddball roles (does he ever take one thats not: rhetorical question), and Goslin has solid acting chops so I'm not against the choices. The actors may be the films saving grace.

Quazzimotto on Apr 17, 2011


i think Gosling as the main protagonist is a bad choice. I have no doubt of Ryan's acting capacity. They should get an actor who is more loose but who can carry the action and substance of the role.

HPasiol on Apr 18, 2011

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