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Armie Hammer will be the Lone Ranger to Johnny Depp's Tonto

05.17.2011

After pondering actors like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, THE LONE RANGER has grabbed new "It Guy" Armie Hammer to climb into the saddle as the titular Old West hero.

As previously rumored, the SOCIAL NETWORK Winklevoss(es) has officially decided to join Johnny Depp in director Gore Verbinski's version of the iconic justice-seeker and his sidekick Tonto.

Although if you're wondering how this Hammer landed such a choice leading role, Depp's recent comments would imply that his Tonto will actually be the main character this time: "I remember watching [the show] as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f—ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do? I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me. And when the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to — ‘eliminate’ isn’t possible — but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head."

The Bruckheimer-produced Disney project will hit the dusty trail as soon as Depp finishes DARK SHADOWS, and may ride into theaters for the 2012 holiday season.

Extra Tidbit: This isn't Hammer's first time considering a mask -- you may recall he was going to be our Batman in JUSTICE LEAGUE MORTAL, George Miller's now-defunct younger take on DC's all-star superheroes.
Source: Variety

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7:42PM on 05/18/2011
Not a bad choice,looks wise...personally,I'm not familiar with this actor.
Not a bad choice,looks wise...personally,I'm not familiar with this actor.
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8:33AM on 05/18/2011
His folks must have really loved them some baking soda.
His folks must have really loved them some baking soda.
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8:05AM on 05/18/2011

Why didn't his parents name him Armond?

Would have made things much easier for all.
Would have made things much easier for all.
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6:11AM on 05/18/2011
What's with all the hate? Maybe they'll do a 'shock horror' story where Tonto is older and more experienced - and 'y'know' helps out the younger Lone Ranger. Not that he's 'just a cliched' sidekick but someone (realism!) who may have something good to offer. If you all love the old sychophantic Tonto just don't watch and throw on your old 50's Lone Ranger TV Show DVDs.
What's with all the hate? Maybe they'll do a 'shock horror' story where Tonto is older and more experienced - and 'y'know' helps out the younger Lone Ranger. Not that he's 'just a cliched' sidekick but someone (realism!) who may have something good to offer. If you all love the old sychophantic Tonto just don't watch and throw on your old 50's Lone Ranger TV Show DVDs.
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2:22AM on 05/18/2011
Ohhh okay. So Depp has an issue with Lone ranger bossing Tonto around (isn't he the fucking sidekick? They're supposed to get bossed around). That's all well and good. But I swear to fucking God, if Tonto barks ONE FUCKING ORDER at Lone Ranger I'll be pissed.

Besides, wasn't that part of the TIMES anyways? It's a part of fucking history. Time to get over it, bud.

And yeah, anyone could be paired with Depp. Homeboy's lucky to have gotten this role. This will be a DEPP movie, like Pirates
Ohhh okay. So Depp has an issue with Lone ranger bossing Tonto around (isn't he the fucking sidekick? They're supposed to get bossed around). That's all well and good. But I swear to fucking God, if Tonto barks ONE FUCKING ORDER at Lone Ranger I'll be pissed.

Besides, wasn't that part of the TIMES anyways? It's a part of fucking history. Time to get over it, bud.

And yeah, anyone could be paired with Depp. Homeboy's lucky to have gotten this role. This will be a DEPP movie, like Pirates was.
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2:22AM on 05/18/2011
And FYI, I am a massive Depp fan, but this comment really pissed me off.
And FYI, I am a massive Depp fan, but this comment really pissed me off.
8:29AM on 05/18/2011
Which comment pissed you off,you need to be more specific.
Which comment pissed you off,you need to be more specific.
8:32AM on 05/18/2011
Never mind depp's comments pissed you off I got ya,I could see that but c'mon do you realize how inflated these guys egoes are,their shit literally smells like roses and supermodel vagina
Never mind depp's comments pissed you off I got ya,I could see that but c'mon do you realize how inflated these guys egoes are,their shit literally smells like roses and supermodel vagina
10:50AM on 05/18/2011
what part of the Lone Ranger was "fucking history"? White guys in masks bossing around native americans? white guys actually being best friends with a native american or the idea of a cowboy superhero?

what part of the Lone Ranger was "fucking history"? White guys in masks bossing around native americans? white guys actually being best friends with a native american or the idea of a cowboy superhero?

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11:34PM on 05/17/2011
They could have cast anybody in this role,whoever plays the Lone Ranger is taking a backseat to Johnny Depp anyhow
They could have cast anybody in this role,whoever plays the Lone Ranger is taking a backseat to Johnny Depp anyhow
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10:35PM on 05/17/2011
I can totally see it if there going with how the lone ranger got started.
I can totally see it if there going with how the lone ranger got started.
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10:24PM on 05/17/2011

Too young.

Why cast a boy for a man's role?

The age contrast with Depp will only make it more bothersome.
Why cast a boy for a man's role?

The age contrast with Depp will only make it more bothersome.
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10:20PM on 05/17/2011
Well then the first thing he needs to do is give himself a name that doesn't translate to "silly" in Spanish.
Well then the first thing he needs to do is give himself a name that doesn't translate to "silly" in Spanish.
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