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William Fichtner replaces Dwight Yoakam as the villain in The Lone Ranger

Feb. 23, 2012by:

William Fichtner against a red wallRemember how we told you just a few days ago that Dwight Yoakam had left THE LONE RANGER? Well after negotiating the budget down from $250 million to the much more reasonable $215 million, Jerry Bruckhheimer and friends weren't going to let a little thing like that get them down or screw things up.

So a replacement in the form of William Fichtner (THE DARK KNIGHT) as been found, and it's a damn good one. Not that Dwight Yoakam is bad, but, well, William Fichtner is just plain awesome.  There's a nice underlying level of sleaze and creepiness that his characters can carry - a trait that, if present, smoothly underlines everything they do in a very effective way indeed.

THE LONE RANGER is set to shoot sooner rather than sooner, so look for more news in the coming months as production starts rolling.

Extra Tidbit: Favorite Fichtner role?
Source: Deadline

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12:22PM on 02/23/2012

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an odd choice, but I thought he was fantastic in the short lived television series "Invasion". the show ended after one season in '06 but to still to this day I can't see him and not think of it.
an odd choice, but I thought he was fantastic in the short lived television series "Invasion". the show ended after one season in '06 but to still to this day I can't see him and not think of it.
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12:22PM on 02/23/2012

Yes!

Fichtner just made me excited for this...
Fichtner just made me excited for this...
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11:01AM on 02/23/2012

Fave Fichtner role

The Underneath As Tommy Dundee...not only one of his best roles..One of Soderbergh's best also.
The Underneath As Tommy Dundee...not only one of his best roles..One of Soderbergh's best also.
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10:10AM on 02/23/2012
Actually reminds me a little of Yoakam, only better looking.
My favorite role of his will always be Phil Dearly in "Drowning Mona." He absolutely stole that movie.
Actually reminds me a little of Yoakam, only better looking.
My favorite role of his will always be Phil Dearly in "Drowning Mona." He absolutely stole that movie.
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8:58AM on 02/23/2012

Cool either way!

I think Yoakam is a decent actor and finds roles that he knows he can pull off and I've enjoyed him in everything he's been in but Fichtner is also a great actor and should be in higher profile roles. Kuddos to him.
I think Yoakam is a decent actor and finds roles that he knows he can pull off and I've enjoyed him in everything he's been in but Fichtner is also a great actor and should be in higher profile roles. Kuddos to him.
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8:46AM on 02/23/2012

Great News

Highly Underrated and underused actor. I love it after all his movies you guys referenced his bit cameo in Dark Knight. Oh an extra tidbit?! Drowning Mona.
Highly Underrated and underused actor. I love it after all his movies you guys referenced his bit cameo in Dark Knight. Oh an extra tidbit?! Drowning Mona.
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7:20AM on 02/23/2012

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Alex Mahone - Prision Break series (best role so far IMO)
He was also awesome in Drive Angry as The Accountant. Yes the movie sucked so many monkey testicles but he was cool as hell.
Alex Mahone - Prision Break series (best role so far IMO)
He was also awesome in Drive Angry as The Accountant. Yes the movie sucked so many monkey testicles but he was cool as hell.
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6:48AM on 02/23/2012
Fichtner is the man!
Fichtner is the man!
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6:48AM on 02/23/2012
Sorry for the double post.
Sorry for the double post.
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6:48AM on 02/23/2012
As awesome as Dwight Yoakam is, William Fichner is not as ubiquitous as he should be and this might be the biggest role he's had to date, so I'm all for this casting!
As awesome as Dwight Yoakam is, William Fichner is not as ubiquitous as he should be and this might be the biggest role he's had to date, so I'm all for this casting!
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