First Look: Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in ‘The Lone Ranger’
Take a look at Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto in the upcoming film!
You know, last I heard, I could have sworn that the upcoming big screen take on The Lone Ranger had been scrapped; apparently I was wrong, though, because not only is it in production and scheduled for a 2013 release, but moreover, look! Pictures!
Or more accurately, A picture. As you can see above, it’s of Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as his buddy Tonto. For comparison purposes, here’s what Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels looked like in the television show that ran from 1949 to 1957:
A little different, no? Armie’s suit is cut a helluva lot better than Clayton’s, and Johnny… well, that’s an awful lot of makeup he’s got on there. Given the look of the film, perhaps it won’t surprise you to find out that it’s got a lot of the Pirates of the Caribbean team behind it: Gore Verbinski is directing, and Penny Rose designed the costumes. And yes, that’s a dead raven on Johnny’s head.
For those of you not familiar with the tale of the Lone Ranger, it goes like this: The Texas Rangers are going about their law-upholding business one day when an ambush lying in wait for them kills all of them—except for one. He’s badly wounded, of course, but happily, a friendly Native American named Tonto finds him and nurses him back to health. Adventures and shenanigans follow.
I don’t know about you, Bettys, but I’m rather curious as to what the tone of the movie will be. Johnny’s Tonto doesn’t look exactly “friendly;” indeed, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney is referring to him as a “Spirit Warrior” instead. Armie has the sort of classic, “aw, shucks!” American quality that works so well for characters like the Lone Ranger, though, so maybe (and this is what I’m fervently hoping for) they’ll strike that wonderful balance that the first Pirates of the Caribbean film had between laugh-out-loud hilarious and moments of deadly seriousness. Now THAT would be a Lone Ranger movie worth watching!
Tell us: What do you think? Will The Lone Ranger triumph or tank?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.