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Hi-Yo, Silver! New images of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

Oct. 2, 2012by: Paul Shirey

THE LONE RANGER just wrapped a nearly 150-day shoot, weathering the storm, literally, throughout the process.  Now, director Gore Verbinski is taking the film to the editing room, readying the first big-screen adventure of the famed character since 1981's THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER.

"It's a dysfunctional buddy movie," says Verbinski. "It's two guys who start literally and figuratively handcuffed together who end up on the same mission with completely different world views. They sort of rub off on one another. But they have plenty of disagreements."  

"This is all about two guys who are on the same path, but who have come from two very different worlds," says Armie Hammer about their dynamic.

Much has been said about the odd appearance of Johnny Depp as the Comanche Indian, Tonto, with many making comparisons to his now immortalized creation of a certain Pirate.  But, Depp is quick to discount any similarities, saying "I'm a long way from Jack Sparrow," while Verbinski says that Tonto "is an odd-shaman, an outcast from his own tribe, who has created his own mystical world."

"The challenge was to turn the story on its head and reinvent it," says Verbinski, who says the story is narrated by Tonto. "Everyone has heard about the Lone Ranger, but not from the only other who was there -- Tonto."

Hammer will debut the first trailer for THE LONE RANGER on Tuesday's Tonight Show with Jay Leno, so expect it to hit the net shortly thereafter.  I'm looking forward to seeing some images in action as I want to be excited about this.  Right now, I'm still in the "cautiously optimistic" camp, but I'm hoping the trailer will get me to the "f*cking pumped" stage.

THE LONE RANGER gallops into theaters on July 3, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Where do you sit in terms of excitement for this project right now?
Source: USA Today

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2:31AM on 10/02/2012
"It's two guys who start literally and figuratively handcuffed together who end up on the same mission with completely different world views. They sort of rub off on one another. But they have plenty of disagreements."
So basically they're remaking Shanghai Noon? That story was fun enough the first time around, and Shanghai Noon wasn't even the first time around. No thank you.
"It's two guys who start literally and figuratively handcuffed together who end up on the same mission with completely different world views. They sort of rub off on one another. But they have plenty of disagreements."
So basically they're remaking Shanghai Noon? That story was fun enough the first time around, and Shanghai Noon wasn't even the first time around. No thank you.
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10:41PM on 10/01/2012

the golden bundle

Verbinski gold. Depp gold. Jack White gold. Bruckheimer gold. Ted Elliot/Terry Rossio gold. Tom Wilkinson gold. Barry Pepper gold. Jess Gonchor gold. Armie Hammer... meh? The DP... meh. could've done better with the camera dep't. But I'm in.
Verbinski gold. Depp gold. Jack White gold. Bruckheimer gold. Ted Elliot/Terry Rossio gold. Tom Wilkinson gold. Barry Pepper gold. Jess Gonchor gold. Armie Hammer... meh? The DP... meh. could've done better with the camera dep't. But I'm in.
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5:35PM on 10/01/2012
If the reviews are not going to be glowing than you can count me out
If the reviews are not going to be glowing than you can count me out
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2:50PM on 10/01/2012
Regardless of whether this is good or not, this is a bad move on Disney's part. There's no way this will be a financial success and most likely, they are going to lose a ton a money. Most people just don't care about westerns anymore. Take for example a recent western that was a hit: True Grit. Its grossed $171 million off a $38 million budget. Last I heard, Lone Ranger was at a budget of about $250 million. Taking into consideration costs of marketing, I just don't see Disney making a
Regardless of whether this is good or not, this is a bad move on Disney's part. There's no way this will be a financial success and most likely, they are going to lose a ton a money. Most people just don't care about westerns anymore. Take for example a recent western that was a hit: True Grit. Its grossed $171 million off a $38 million budget. Last I heard, Lone Ranger was at a budget of about $250 million. Taking into consideration costs of marketing, I just don't see Disney making a single dime off of this movie.
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11:55AM on 10/02/2012
With a budget like that, the odds are that it won't be a massive success, but I don't think they'll lose money, either. You gotta take into account that True Grit was an R rated Coen film, whereas this has JOHNNY DEPP and FROM THE MAKERS OF PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and TOYS TOYS TOYS. Worldwide, it should make it into the black.
With a budget like that, the odds are that it won't be a massive success, but I don't think they'll lose money, either. You gotta take into account that True Grit was an R rated Coen film, whereas this has JOHNNY DEPP and FROM THE MAKERS OF PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and TOYS TOYS TOYS. Worldwide, it should make it into the black.
1:17PM on 10/01/2012
I'm down. I love the look of Tonto.
I'm down. I love the look of Tonto.
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1:12PM on 10/01/2012

More curious than anticpation

Will that crow be sentient or is that a continuity error?

I just want to see how that astronomical budget was spent and so far it looks as though 3/4 of it probably went towards Johnny Depp's paycheck and personal catering.
Will that crow be sentient or is that a continuity error?

I just want to see how that astronomical budget was spent and so far it looks as though 3/4 of it probably went towards Johnny Depp's paycheck and personal catering.
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1:00PM on 10/01/2012
The price tag is kind of ridiculous, but the movie should be pretty awesome. Gore Verbinski hasn't made an outright bad film yet and several excellent ones.
The price tag is kind of ridiculous, but the movie should be pretty awesome. Gore Verbinski hasn't made an outright bad film yet and several excellent ones.
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12:24PM on 10/01/2012
Looks like Disney has found their John Carter of 2013.
Looks like Disney has found their John Carter of 2013.
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5:33PM on 10/01/2012
As much as I think this is going to be a worse movie than John Carter, there's no way this will bomb. Depp has a crazy huge following, his big budget movies will always at least make back their money.
As much as I think this is going to be a worse movie than John Carter, there's no way this will bomb. Depp has a crazy huge following, his big budget movies will always at least make back their money.
12:00PM on 10/01/2012

I like Gore Verbinski

But I don't know if Tonto will be as well received as Jack Sparrow. I'm actually surprised no native band has caused a fuss yet over either Johnny Depp's ultra loose affiliation with any native part of his heritage or the outfit in general.
I'd love for this to work out. I know it's got the Pirates formula applied. I just don't see it going as everyone hopes.
But I don't know if Tonto will be as well received as Jack Sparrow. I'm actually surprised no native band has caused a fuss yet over either Johnny Depp's ultra loose affiliation with any native part of his heritage or the outfit in general.
I'd love for this to work out. I know it's got the Pirates formula applied. I just don't see it going as everyone hopes.
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11:54AM on 10/01/2012

Sounds like they are straying from the source material a little TOO much.

I LOVE the characters of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, and I don't mind them tweeking the source material a bit, especially in light of how racist it was toward Native Americans (Me seekum water for horses), but that description has me worried.
I LOVE the characters of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, and I don't mind them tweeking the source material a bit, especially in light of how racist it was toward Native Americans (Me seekum water for horses), but that description has me worried.
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11:36AM on 10/01/2012
Im still not sure about this flick. I love Johnny in a lot of things but he's kinda wearing thin on me. Ill save judgement when the trailer hits. These pic do nothing for me as well.
Im still not sure about this flick. I love Johnny in a lot of things but he's kinda wearing thin on me. Ill save judgement when the trailer hits. These pic do nothing for me as well.
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11:22AM on 10/01/2012
I really like the tone of the picture. I can wait though.
I really like the tone of the picture. I can wait though.
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11:16AM on 10/01/2012
I'm more curious than excited. I'm still in the theater though.

Extra Tidbit: On a completely unrelated note, you guys do Lily of the Valley for Breaking Bad on here. How come you guys don't do anything for Dexter? No Slice of Life weekly column? It's only going to be here for two more seasons.
I'm more curious than excited. I'm still in the theater though.

Extra Tidbit: On a completely unrelated note, you guys do Lily of the Valley for Breaking Bad on here. How come you guys don't do anything for Dexter? No Slice of Life weekly column? It's only going to be here for two more seasons.
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11:05AM on 10/01/2012

Can't wait

Been thrilled since the beginning; hoping the script changes to trim the inflating budget aren't mucking with the integrity of the piece. That bird is goofy, but perhaps it will work better in context.
Been thrilled since the beginning; hoping the script changes to trim the inflating budget aren't mucking with the integrity of the piece. That bird is goofy, but perhaps it will work better in context.
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