The dynamic duo who delivered the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, are back in their respective roles to bring audiences The Lone Ranger.Starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer (The Social Network), The Lone Ranger looks to revamp the once beloved John Reid into a modern day cinema going experience.
A thrilling adventure tale promising epic surprises and heartfelt humor, Armie Hammer stars as the iconic masked figure, John Reid, opposite the seasoned film veteran Johnny Depp as the Native American Tonto. Can the two unlikely characters work together to defeat the forces of evil?
Today, Disney released the first official images and a teaser poster for the The Lone Ranger. The teaser trailer will follow suit tomorrow. Everything looks very polished, but I’m afraid they might put too much emphasis in marketing Johnny Depp rather than Armie Hammer
The film is called The Lone Ranger, not Tonto. You want to bring this famous character back into the minds of fans, so please do not shove Johnny Depp down our throat holes. Give Armie a chance – he was brilliant in David Fincher’s The Social Network. Although he may have landed a dud role in Mirror, Mirror doesn’t mean you can’t put him front and center.
My point is, haven’t audiences had enough of Johnny Depp? We get it, he can play wacky roles that require him to wear white face paint, but this isn’t his movie. Disney has already infused the two characters in the teaser poster below. I’ll enjoy the movie if this turns out to be a good buddy cop story, but I hope they just don’t focus heavily on just Depp. We’ll find out more as soon as the trailers release. (Click on the poster to enlarge.)
The writing team behind this film, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio who did the Pirates trilogy, are joined by Justin Haythe who wrote the screenplay for Revolutionary Road. I hope Haythe grounds the Pirates duo down to reality because they definitely pulled a Lost by seemingly asking morequestions than providing answers. Here is the brief, yet vague plot synopsis presented by Walt Disney Pictures:
Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) and man of the law John Reid (Armie Hammer) are opposites brought together by fate and must join forces to battle greed and corruption.
Be sure to head over to iTunes for the exclusive trailer debut tomorrow at 7AM PST at Apple Trailers. The first trailer for The Lone Ranger is expected to be attached to 3D screenings of Frankenweenie this weekend. (Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.)
The Lone Rangerhits US theaters on July 3, 2013.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures