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Published on March 8th, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella


First Look at Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in ‘The Lone Ranger’

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Here’s an image that will stick with you for a bit. It’s Tonto (Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary) and The Lone Ranger, John Reid (Armie Hammer, Mirror Mirror) in what is the first image released of Disney and Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger to be directed by Gore Verbinski. Yes, the team that brought you Pirates of the Caribbean. The description of the lead characters are as follows: Tonto is a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid, a lawman who has become a masked avenger.

If there’s some hesitation as to the angle this remake is going to go, the first Pirates was a lot of fun. Also John Carter is a good film, made especially for those aware of the romantic science fiction and space exploration when the stories were originally conceived by Edgar Rice Burroughs. When the film was announced, Depp’s attachment to the project brought out this funny quote from an interview he did in May 2011 with EW.

“I remember watching it as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f—ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?’” Depp recalled while watching the 1949-1957 TV show. “I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me. And when the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to — ‘eliminate’ isn’t possible — but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head.”

This reminds me of the Green Hornet television show, when people could get a rat’s ass about Van Williams as the Hornet. Audiences watched to see Bruce Lee in action as Kato, Britt Reid’s “bodyguard.” In China, it was called The Kato Show. I think we can expect Depp to drive this bus too, and make it The Tonto film, which would be fine by me. Depp is of Cherokee and Navajo, Irish and German descent. As for Hammer, geek circles will remember him in CW TV shows, Gossip Girl and Reaper. But he is best remembered as playing both Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. Look for The Lone Ranger in May 2013.

Based on this picture, does it pique your interest? Does it make your Must See Films of 2013? Share your thoughts below.

Photo by Peter Mountain

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  • Sefraser1

    With all the great native actors out there they have a white guy protraying tonto???? If this was an African American character would they paint up Matt Damon and think it was good casting?

    • Ernie Estrella

      It is a crime, and a shame. But Depp was going to be involved given that it was Verbinski and Bruckheimer behind the film, and ultimately Disney. Depp talks quite a lot about his Indian blood and it doesn’t make him 100% but I’m okay with it. Believe me, I am on fire when they white wash Asians out of roles that should have been written for them, I get why this will make some people mad, but it’s not like they put Russell Crowe in there. At least Depp has a grand parent who was half-Native American Indian or partial.

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