Hollywood’s on the Search for the Next Lone Ranger
With Johnny Depp cast as Tonto in the film adaptation of the ‘50’s-era classic TV series The Lone Ranger, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is on the search for an actor to play the title role (previously held by Clayton Moore on the silver screen), which is one of the most sought after Hollywood roles at the moment.
Bruckheimer says that whomever is cast probably won’t be an established star. Ryan Gosling was considered as an early contender, but rumors have circulated that Armie Hammer, who played the Winklevoss twins in the Oscar-winning drama The Social Network, is the front-runner for the role. Hammer’s rep says that the reports are premature, as the actor just announced that he’s starring in the thriller 2:22, which may conflict with Ranger.
Gore Verbinski, who directed the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, will be directing The Lone Ranger. Verbinski is reported to be considering Timothy Olyphant (I am Number Four, Live Free or Die Hard) for the ranger.
Regardless of who’s cast for the title role, Verbinki and Bruckheimer are excited for Depp’s interpretation of the character Tonto, who plans to give Native American Tonto the lead in the partnership. Depp’s goal is to remedy the way Native Americans were treated in classic cinema and TV. Bruckheimer states:
“Johnny’s gonna create a really fascinating character like he did with Captain Jack. He’s got a real vision for it.”