Armie Hammer Confirmed to Join Johnny Depp in 'The Lone Ranger'
Last month we heard that The Social Network star Armie Hammer was in early talks to join Johnny Depp in Disney's new take on The Lone Ranger, the classic western hero. Landing the role of the masked hero is fortuitous mostly because he was set to play Batman in the early development of a Justice League movie years ago, and now Variety confirms that Hammer will indeed play the titular crime-fighting Texas Ranger with Depp as his sidekick Tonto. Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski will be at the helm of the feature which is slated to start shooting sometime this fall after Depp finishes Tim Burton's Dark Shadows.
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 (Depp), who nurses him back to health. The Ranger (Hammer), 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. The script comes from writer Justin Haythe (The Clearing, Revolutionary Road) and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. Casting is solid so far, and there's likely more to come soon, so stay tuned. Sound good so far?
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
I just wanted to comment on the amazing MSPaint job. LOL. <3
Daniel Vu Tran on May 18, 2011
O gawd. I really hope he doesn't come across all stuck up like his characters in Social Network.
Rp1n on May 18, 2011
Think he needs a few more roles before this - however a lesser known actor in this role could be good alas his sidekick could steal the limelight. Interesting choice.
Dominic on May 18, 2011
The MSPaint mask it's even better than Green-Lantern-Sony-Imageworks-kinda-crap.
Manuel on May 18, 2011
still wish we got an actual indian for Tonto sorry depp your 1/8th indian ancestry is'nt cutting it
HG on May 18, 2011
Crap....guess we can't tie it in with the Green hornet. Armie Hammer uncle to Seth Rogan....no but good choice
Moviekidmike on May 19, 2011
so it is serious or tongue in cheek as POTC has been?
Rosaleeadams on May 21, 2011
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