Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
It wasn't so long ago that we were reporting that Disney had pulled the plug on the ambitious new movie version of The Lone Ranger.
Now, Deadline are reporting that the problems have been all but resolved at the studio, and an official announcement is expected next week.
The key players - Johnny Depp as Tonto, Armie Hammer as the masked hero and Ruth Wilson (Luther) as the female lead - are expected to be back, and we're hoping Helena Bonham Carter will return, too.
While it seemed strange that a project from the Pirates Of The Caribbean power-combo of Depp, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski could ever be shelved, the primary concern was the budget, which was edging north of $250m.
Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski have apparently chipped that figure down to a mere $215m.
Deadline suggests the disappointing performance of this summer's western-themed Cowboys & Aliens could have caused Disney's hesitance.
The vintage property still sounds like a slightly risky proposition, but there's always the underlying hope that Depp, Verbinski and Bruckheimer could recapture the spirit of the first Pirates, with plenty of laughs, adventure and old-fashioned swashbuckling.
It's not yet clear if The Lone Ranger is still expected to hit its original December 2012 release date.Source: www.totalfilm.com
In a thoroughly surprisingly move, Disney has shut down production on The Lone Ranger, the Johnny Depp-starrer that was set to be a winter 2012 tentpole.
Deadline broke the news, citing budgetary concerns as the main halting factor. Apparently the budget, which has been reduced to somewhere north of $200m, was still too high for Disney.
It seems there are other projects sapping the Disney dollar, with John Carter requiring considerable reshoots, and Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great And Powerful also needing a hefty amount of financial backing (again, circling the $200m mark).
It seems that The Lone Ranger was the easiest project to kill, even though it had already racked up pre-production expenses, and Johnny Depp's 'pay or play' contract means he'll still be picking up his cheque even if the film doesn't go ahead.
This cancellation still comes as a huge surprise though, not least because it reunites the Pirates Of The Caribbean team of Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
And that's not to mention the cast they had in place, with Armie Hammer set to play the title character, and Helena Bonham Carter on board as a brothel madam.
Right now, it's uncertain whether or not Bruckheimer will try to shop the project to another studio.
A number of ambitious projects have been dumped recently, including Guillermo del Toro's At The Mountains Of Madness and Ron Howard's The Dark Tower, but none seemed as bankable as Ranger.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Helena Bonham Carter, Dwight Yoakam and Barry Pepper are in talks to join the cast of Disney's The Lone Ranger.
For some time, Johnny Depp was the sole actor attached to the project (he's playing Tonto), but it's now gathering pace and scoring quality thesps galore.
Helena Bonham Carter, no stranger to acting alongside Depp, is set to play a brothel madam, which will no doubt give her the chance to create another colourful character to add to her superb back catalogue.
Dwight Yoakam, a country music star with an impressive array of acting credits, will take on the role of Butch Cavendish, the ruthless leader of a gang that set upon the Texas Ranger and leave him for dead.
And Barry Pepper, star of TV's The Kennedys and no stranger to westerns (True Grit, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada), will apparently play a military officer.
Already on board with Depp are Armie Hammer as the ranger, and Tom Wilkinson as an evil railroad tycoon.
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing, and with Verbinski at the helm, he'll no doubt be hoping for another Pirates Of The Caribbean-sized success.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Social Network actor Armie Hammer has landed the lead role in Disney's new movie version of The Lone Ranger.
After numerous casting rumours had suggested Ryan Gosling would be taking the role, Hammer was emerged as the victorious party – no doubt in part thanks to his stellar work in David Fincher's film.
Based on the 1930s radio show and '40s TV series, Lone Ranger follows the titular hero and his sidekick Tonto, who combat injustice in the Old West.
Johnny Depp has long been attached as Tonto, the Ranger's Native American companion. A role like the Ranger will do wonders to boost Hammer's movie profile - especially if he proves he can hold his own against Depp.
Next up for Hammer is a role in Tarsem Singh's Snow White, and a part in Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar.Source: www.totalfilm.com
The Social Network star Armie Hammer is currently in talks to join Johnny Depp in his film adaptation of The Lone Ranger.
Hammer is interested in playing the titular ranger, the same role that Ryan Gosling previously flirted with before he was forced to bail thanks to scheduling conflicts.
Depp has been attached to the film for some time, and will play Tonto, the Native American companion to the ranger.
Being directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates Of The Caribbean), the film will reportedly use Tonto as an unreliable narrator – which should lead to all kinds of tall tales.
Though it's a pity that we won't get to see Depp and Gosling exchanging barbs, Hammer is a cool alternative, the actor having impressed in Social Network.
He's also a name definitely on the rise, having grabbed a role in Tarsem Singh's Snow White, as well as in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar.Source: www.totalfilm.com
In a piece of casting speculation that's so goddam cool we'll probably cry if it doesn't come into being, The Wrap has revealed that Ryan Gosling is in early talks to join Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger.
Depp has long been cast as Native American sidekick Tonto in the Disney movie, which will be directed by Pirates 1-3's Gore Verbinski, but until now there's been no indication of who could don the stetson and mask to play the Texas Ranger.
The report states that Gosling is in very early talks, and is keen to mention that his busy schedule (including a starring role in the Logan's Run remake) could keep him from signing on here.
If he could find a way to make it work, Gosling would surely be the perfect foil to Depp's Tonto. He's got the matinee idol looks to play the hero, but he's never afraid to subvert expectations when it comes to his leading man status (check out the recent Crazy, Stupid, Love trailer).
The Lone Ranger first appeared in a 30s radio show, before making the jump to TV in 1949.
Depp and Verbinski recently had success with animated Western pastiche Rango, and Disney will obviously be hoping that Ranger becomes another Pirates-sized hit.
Gosling seems to be taking a small break from gut-wrenching drama at the moment, but he could be reteaming with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance at some point for The Place Beyond The Pines.
The Lone Ranger isn't scheduled for release until 2014, so we're going to cling desperately to the hope that Gosling will be able to fit it into his schedule.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Johnny Depp has chucked two very big names in the air with regard to the title role in the upcoming Lone Ranger movie.
Depp, who will play sidekick Tonto in the film, mentioned in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that he'd quite like Brad Pitt or George Clooney to take on the part.Source: www.totalfilm.com
9 June 1963
John Christopher Depp II
5' 10" (1.78 m)
28 August 1986
Armand Douglas Hammer
6' 5" (1.96 m)
26 May 1966
5' 3" (1.60 m)
12 December 1948
6' 1" (1.85 m)
1 May 1978
James Badgett Dale
6' (1.83 m)