Westerns are my favorite genre. If’ there’s a horse, a six shooter, and a cowboy hat there’s a good chance I’m really gonna love it. One of the most anticipated westerns in recent memory is the Johnny Depp starring vehicle The Lone Ranger which is based on the classic radio and television serial.
Besides being one of the most anticipated westerns it’s also one of the seemingly quirkiest.
First off, the star of the film doesn’t seem to be The Lone Ranger in this adaptation. The star of the film appears to be The Ranger’s sidekick Tonto, who is being played by Johnny Depp.
Before one gets all worked up about the casting of the famously caucasian Johnny Depp, in a notable native american role, apparently Depp has some native american blood in his lineage. He also has the blessings of the Camanche nation. It was in fact Johnny Depps’ involvement in this film that has greenlit the project. He also insisted that the role of Tonto would not be demeaning or subservient to The Lone Ranger but instead he’d be the the real brains behind the legend.
This has obviously led to some nervousness from the studio and marketing department for the film. After all, when was the last time that the title character of the film, wasn’t the main protagonist of that film? The poster above illustrates the marketing department’s quandary.
Then there was the first publicity photo for the film.
Yes….that is indeed, apparently, a stuffed crow that Tonto is wearing as headgear.
Nevertheless , I’m still jazzed to see The Lone Ranger. I trust Johnny Depp and I’ve enjoyed all his collaborations with director Gore Verbinski. Most notably, the recent western themed, Academy Award winning, animated film Rango.
I mean how can one not get excited about The Lone Ranger with majestic shots like this.
The first trailer also shows plenty of promise.
The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, William Fictner, Ruth Wilson and Tom Wilkinson. The film is directed by Gore Verbinski and written by Justin Hayte, Ted Elliott, and Terry Rossio. The Lone Ranger is scheduled for release July 3, 2013.
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