Hot on the heels of the new poster and production stills comes the first trailer from director Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger. The story is retold through the eyes of Tonto (Johnny Depp), how John Reid (Armie Hammer) is transformed from a simple man of the law into the legend of justice known as the Lone Ranger.
Will this “Buddie Cop” western translate to theater audiences? The synopsis talks about,”taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction.” As long as it’s not another Wild Wild West train wreck then I’ll probably go see it in the theater.
One interesting side note about this production is how Johnny Depp is handling taking on the role of Tonto, a Native American Indian. While many times when an actor plays a part outside his race (Depp does have some Cherokee blood line in his family) there are protests and calls for equality in casting (See The Last Avatar, no don’t see it. It sucks balls.), Depp seems impervious to those criticisms.
Back in May, Depp was inducted into the Comanche Nation as an honorary member, Tonto has long been depicted as a member of that tribe. Just last week Depp also made a surprise appearance as the Grand Marshall in Oklahoma for the 21st Annual Comanche Nation Fair.
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The Lone Ranger rides its way onto theater screens on July 3rd, 2013.