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So If Depp Is Tonto, Who Might Be THE LONE RANGER??

Merrick here...
Electric Dreams has been an AICN source for some time, and has provided some substantive/impressive material in the past. He dropped us a line to follow-up on his report from yesterday's Disney pep rally at the Kodak theater in L.A. (find it HERE). Following the reveal that Johnny Depp would play Tonto (THE LONE RANGER's faithful Native American cohort), it was natural to ask who might portray the titular masked rider against injustice in the Old West. Here's what Electric Dreams had to say:
Word as of now is that George Clooney has shown a lot of interest in the role of the Lone Ranger, and the studio's been talking to him about it. Previously it was rumored that Nic Cage was up for the role, but that rumor died a long time ago. Clooney's name has come up quite a number of times since. Electric Dreams
Keep in mind this means the matter's only in the talking stages at the moment & far from a "done deal". But a Clooney/Depp LONE RANGER movie...produced with Bruckheimer flair...could be pretty cool if you ask me (and no one has).

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  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogan

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    Or Will Smith

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by the new transported man

    french stewart

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    i can see it now....

    by Bouncy X

    the invevitable line of "this is why zorro works alone".

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Lone Ranger actor does need charisma

    by Rupee88

    Clooney might be good at it although he is a little old...but that could still work.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    BTW that was sarcasm

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    I just didn't want to shout 'First!'

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    As long as they keep Seth Rogen far away from it...

    by DerLanghaarige

    By the way: Who are the lone Ranger and Tonto? I'm German. I've never heard of them.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Clooney could be great.

    by Rando Calrisian

    He's got the look, and the comedic potential between Clooney and Depp might be freakin' great. They can both handle a bit of action pretty well, too. <br> <br> Just no nipples on the Lone Ranger's costume, please.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen and Kumar please (he is Indian right?)


  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Der, Der, Der

    by DennisMM

    Google frakkin' exists. *wink*

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    You've got to be kidding me...

    by Mr. Wayne

    Let me get this straight, being part Indian is good enough to cast Johnny Depp as Tonto? Talk about disrespecting the character. Can we not find an actual Native American actor to play the role? Depp is about as much indian as I am , and I am 99% Irish German. Yes, I am 1% Indian. And Clooney as the Lone Ranger? Wow, just when you think the Lone Ranger film could be a great, kick ass western you get glamour casting that immediately screams "this is gonna really suck". I don't know about everyone else, but this type of casting makes me think we are gonna get a "Batman and Robin" instead of a "Batman Begins". Not good at all.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST



    Think about it a sec... I can totally see it.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Some leftfield casting needed:

    by wowsah156

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion: Agreed.

    by wowsah156

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by Nosferatu Jones

    God, you guys are predictable. Everyone knows that Fillion is a lock for GREEN LANTERN...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Adam Beach as Tonto

    by ElGiante

    Bruce campbell as the (aging) Lone Ranger...<P>Matt Damon as the Bourne Ranger<P>Serously, I could see this as Brendan Fraser thing, except I couldn't see Depp playing second to him.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST



    He was BORN to play that role. He would knock that shite outta the park.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    A Lone Ranger movie could be great.

    by Bubba Gillman

    But I don't like this casting at all. Suggests a campy, ironic, post modern approach. The Lone Ranger should be earnest, stopping just short of corn. And they should use the recent comic as the template.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Just how bad (or good) is THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER?

    by Nosferatu Jones

    I haven't seen it since, literally, 1982, when HBO ran it into the ground. I know I watched it every time it was on, but can barely remember anything about it (I was only 10 at the time). Anyone seen it recently? Is it really as bad as they said it was....?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST



    Nathan Fillion would be dope for the lone ranger and all, but if there was a chance...ANY FREAKIN CHANCE...that he could be cast as Hal Jordan like Nosferatu up there said...SCREW THE LONE RANGER.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    What, no Whedon?

    by SirLoin

    He should do like, every movie, ever. Nathan Fillion should be in every movie playing every part. WHEDON ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST



    Predictable? Not really...When I think of the pissed off version of Mal in the Serenity movie, after finding all his friends killed by the Alliance ordering his crew to strap bodies to the ship and whoever doesn't can leave or get shot...THAT is the version of Fillion we need here. A vengeful prick out to right some severe wrongs. THAT is a film that i would pay to see...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    this is gonna suck......

    by dingleberryjerry

    Johnny depp is wayyyyy overexposed right now. The guy needs to go away for awhile. Seems that since "Pirates", he has said yes to practically everything. what are the odds Tim Burton is lurking around this somewhere?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by Aeghast

    The whole thing sounds like a terrible idea..

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Jonah Hill!!!

    by Roketopunch

    Who Cares!!!!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    and no btw to Bale or Campbell...


    those two don't need to be in this film, unless it is to show up very briefly to be gunned down as the other rangers...and then only Campbell if he can play if perfectly straight with no mugging for the camera... Fillion really seems to be the best choice...I can't think of another that we have at least heard of that would make the part really good...and I did put some thought to it...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I'll take Seth Rogen over Nicolas Cage any day.

    by Wolfman Nards

    Just sayin.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Clooney would be a horrible miscast

    by BigSteve03

    He's not even close to being an action hero, let alone an old west action here.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by Wolfman Nards

    Have you seen the "bees in my ass!" gif file? It's epic to say the least.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    He is Dingle Burton and Depp in Wonderland

    by nerosday

    Seriously Johnny is playing the Mad Hatter in Burton's Alice and Wonderland. Another film I don't understand why they're doing, but at least it makes more sense than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake they made, why was that even needed? Gene Wilder is Wonka to my generation even my kid likes the original better.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane, Aaron Eckhart or Josh Holloway as Lone Ranger!

    by RobertBaron

    boo yah

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3 p.m. CST


    by Wolfman Nards

    Dude, what are talking about? Did you see his performance in Batman & Robin? Earth shattering.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Christopher Walken IS The Lone Ranger

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    This reeks of WILD WILD WEST

    by Spacesheik

    Lets hope they play it relatively straight.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Hey Mike,

    by nerosday

    Tonto...fa ten LONG years... I hid that badge... up my ASS. Oh, my god.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST

    by nerosday

    gotta love walken, that crazy, crazy bastard

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    HOw about Aaron Eckhart?

    by hallmitchell

    Yet the teaming of Depp and Clooney would be box office gold.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by DarqueGuy

    Oooh...I like the idea of Josh Holloway a lot. I was firmly in the Fillion camp but I could see Holloway using this to move away from the Sawyer type a bit and establish himself as a film actor. Nice job. And as long as we're playing the casting game: Jason Isaacs as Butch Cavendish.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Well, I say....

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ...since Depp stole Timothy Spall's shot at the Mad Hatter, then Spall as the Lone Ranger. Fat, Ugly, bad British teeth - I'd go see that. <p>Just for the idea of what they could do with scenes of the two of 'em riding into some shithole frontier town and heading straight for the local cathouse - The look on the mdam's face as these two stumble in through the front door - Spall's lumpen gargoyle vs Depp's pretty-boy exotique when the girls start sizin' up the clients - that'd be good for a few laughs. <p>It's only fair... <p>Okay, really - Clooney ain't bad. But I'd like to see some sort of brainy elitist-tinged smart aleck in the role - somebody like David Straithairn or....well....somebody LIKE Robert Downey Jr. Not ACTUALLY RDJr, but a too-smart-for-the-room wiseass LIKE Him....Get a sort of inverse Cleavon Little/Sheriff Black Bart kinda vibe goin'.... <p>Although, as long as I''m typing while I think, just the idea of watching Jack Black flop around in that pretty blue pantsuit might be fun for a couple of minutes... <p>Okay, seriously - So much depends on the intended feel of the movie - are they going for a santized, glossy POTC/FX shitfest, or a grimy Andrew Dominick/John Hillcoat modern Western/revisionist kinda thing? <p>Hell - Why not Russell Crowe? He likes doing taciturn men-of-honor stuff, he wouldn't be half bad....

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    So Tonto will be a half-breed outcast, right?

    by MCVamp

    Making him a fair counterpart to the "Lone" Ranger? Depp just wants to ride horses for a few months and sleep-quirk his way through another box office gross percentage. And I'm all for it. The Lone Ranger has been waiting for a faithful and fun screen update. If Clooney won't do it, fuck it, go after Pitt. If not Pitt, I'm sure we can cast an unknown who looks the part and have Patrick Warburton dub him over. I mean, why wouldn't it work?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Pirates 4?

    by Rev. Slappy

    What a steaming pile that will be. 2 and 3 were horrendous and bloated over-produced pieces of shit.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I nominate Nick Cage's hair

    by Garbageman33

    Whenever I see him, all i do is stare at the hair anyway. I think it's ready to move on without him.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Re: Half-Baked-Goggle-Box...

    by MCVamp

    Considering who's making it, you think this ISN'T going to have the same fingerprints as POTC all over it? I'm surprised Gore Verbinski hasn't been attached yet for another shot at BOX OFFICE BABY!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST



    Ok, Holloway would be a very good second choice...I still think Fillion would be the absolute perfect choice though... Tell you what Holloway could be outstanding for though..IF the beard ever dies or would allow Timothy Zahn Heir to the Empire trilogy to be filmed (which was what SHOULD have been made, not the shitty prequels), Holloway would be a perfect re-casting for Han Solo....

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by PirateEmery

    I don't think this George Clooney thing is such a good idea...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Will The Lone Ranger Costume Have Nipples?

    by DrunkenBusboy

    There is a tradition that Mr. Clooney needs to uphold!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    The Lone Ranger & Green Hornet Are Great Uncle/Great Nephew!

    by DrunkenBusboy

    Cool piece of trivia I think! Hopefully both upcoming adaptations will tie them together in some cool subtle way besides the minority sidekicks they both share!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    William Tell Overture

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    No remake/remix/modernizing. This is a piece of classical music that lives forever. One of the only two memories I have of my grandmother is being at her house eating Pop Tarts for breakfast, and watching The Lone Ranger.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I'd like to pose a serious question at this juncture.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    The Lone Ranger?! Seriously. The Lone FUCKING Ranger?!?!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ....Yeah, that's what I'm afraid of, too.....which pretty much rules out somebody politically touchy like Clooney. <p>But ain't Verbinski tied up with the Bioshock crapfloat right now? (I really see no reason to expect anything even vaguely respectable about this entire "Lone Ranger" thing, anyway....Disney will probably wind up handing it to Ratner anyway..)

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    And it looks like BlackCrippler (aka BraneRobot - AnimalStructur

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...has crawled out from under his rock with one of his more infamous claims.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Is this a joke?

    by IamZardoz

    This sounds sooooo crappy.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Come to think of it....

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ...I'd really like to see Depp go on the talkshow circuit to pimp this and wind up splitting Jimmy Kimmels balls with a tomahawk.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    After All....

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder ain't like Sarah Silverman needs 'em anymore.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Anyone younger than Clooney

    by mara69

    Karl Urban anyone?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Sarah Jessica Parker as Silver

    by Det. John Kimble

    I'd like my 10% cut in advance, thanks.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Um, hello? THE LONE RANGER can work.

    by Nosferatu Jones

    If THE MASK OF ZORRO could be a big hit 10 years ago, then I say a LONE RANGER film done right is long overdue and can do just as well.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    As long as they use Apache myth and legend

    by zinc_chameleon

    Which is supposedly where the story comes from. For example: a 'Lozen' character, who was the *real* Xena. A woman: Geronimo's top tracker, and one of his best fighters. He got caught when Lozen was too sick to fight. Julie Newmar played her type as Hesh-ke in 'MacKenna's Gold' (1969).

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Lone Ranger WILL work...

    by PirateEmery

    ...if it stars someone younger than Clooney.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Clooney as the villain instead.

    by MCVamp

    Pitt for the Lone Ranger. These two need to do their poor-man's Redford/Newman bit before they're too old and we get something like Righteous Kill.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST


    by RobotDevil007

    What is it with the idiots in these talkbalks? Did you little-brains learn nothing after you all chastised Chris Nolan for casting a "gay cowboy" as the Joker? How many times do you have humiliate yourselves on these talkbalks before you realize that you all have the judgment of shitforbrains fanboys (i swear, if I see one more asshat propose Patrick Warburton for the leading role in ANYTHING bigger than Tick cartoon, that person is branded shitbrain of the century). Seriously... idiots.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST



    Pitt? C'mon. He doesn't have any inner fire... unless the ranger winds up being stone cold nuts and puts a "12 monkeys" spin on it...and even that would probably be too damn strange of a film... One thing also..."Hiyo Silver, Awwwway"... that line really needs to NOT be in the film, no matter how much people might want it...please disney, resist the urge....

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Check out the Lone Ranger comics

    by kayleefan

    Brett Matthews and John Cassaday are doing some amazing stuff with this series.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    He'll have the same hair he had in Things to do in Denver When Your Dead. "One day you're saving the rain forest, the next, you're chuggin' cock"

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Gee Willikers, RobotDevil....

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ...I thought this site was just a fun way to recruit for MENSA. <p>For the fucking record, I had no problems with the casting of Ledger.....You DO realize we're just fucking around in here, don't you?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Have Depp play both roles.

    by Huffy_Henry


  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    This sounds...

    by Admiral Akwelches

    ...really stupid. Since nobody asked beaks and nobody will ask me, that's all i'm gonna say on the subject. oh, and johnny depp would be a great mad hatter if it weren't for us being so upset about it. but, still, i think it's silly casting.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Don't screw with the music. Check it out

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Get Will Smith!!!

    by banditmania

    haw haw!!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    AICN Talkback: The Movie

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    I vote for Patrick Warburton for RobotDevil007

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I nominate...

    by TurboPervo

    Patrick Warburton. Yay! Or maybe Jack Black.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Viggo and Adam!!!


    I would cast Adam Beach from "Flags of our Fathers" as Tonto and Viggo Mortensen as the Lone Ranger. Seriously, people... then you would have an awsome and gritty Lone Ranger. It's a gritty story about revenge, racism and the capacity for evil. We need some excellent actors to do justice to it.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Depp could play both roles

    by sapno_krei

    He's a versatile guy...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Huffy Henry beats me to it...

    by sapno_krei


  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    "Buckwheats Tonto, they all get Buckwheats"

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Gotta be Walken.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as the Lone Ranger!!!

    by fanboy71

    But get someone besides Depp as Tonto please. But Nathan Fillion should definitely play Hal Jordan!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Thought Will Smith had a lock on Green Lantern...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ...or as Elizabeth the 1st, in Disney's all-new 2014 re-make!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    The Lone Star Ranger

    by wintocha67

    By Zane Grey is the basis for the Lone Ranger story, and is the story of a young man, who happens to be the fastest draw in Texas, which leads him to have to kill a man and go on the run. Finally, after a foray across the border to a dangerous hole in the wall filled with villains he turns himself into the Texas Ranger hunting him, and rather than hanged the ranger enlists the boy to become a secret agent for the Texas Rangers, undercover in the old west. Now, that's awesome. Johnny Depp and George Clooney simply could not be those characters. Bale couldn't be that character. Matt Damon couldn't be that character. It has to be a kid.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane as The Lone Ranger. Kathy Bates as Tonto.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    ..."...buffalo cum"......"how do you know?"....

    by FlickaPoo

    ..."ear sticky." That's my Lone Ranger and Tonto debate contribution.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Really...not yet?

    by Thrillho77

    No one invoked the name of Crispin Glover on a AICN casting talkback yet?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    That's a great story

    by DennisMM

    Except that it has nothing to do with the Lone Ranger as presented for the last 65 years. The Ranger is introduced as a young man, but not that young. He is old enough actually to be a Texas Ranger and, depending upon the version of the story, is either a Ranger or an auxiliary drafted by his brother, the Captain of the local Rangers.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    The only way this will work is as a comedy...

    by Pdorwick

    ...I mean really...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Pardon me, 75 years

    by DennisMM

    Bad typo. Please replace mentally.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST He's too old.

    by Anna Valerious

    Give it to James McAvoy.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Old ass joke...

    by Outlaw

    So the lone ranger and Tonto are riding through the mountains and they stop for a bathroom brake. The Lone Ranger gets off his horse, drops his pants and begins to squat, when a rattler pops out of the bushes and bites the Lone Ranger square on the ass.<br> <br>feeling weak the Lone Ranger looks towards Tonto, and asks him to find a doctor in the closest nearby town. Tonto agrees, and rides off. After a few hours, Tonto reaches the closest town and finds the local doctor. Tonto tells the doctor that the Lone Ranger was bit on the ass by a rattler.<br> <br>The doctor tells Tonto that the only way to remove the poison is to physically suck out the poison from the Lone Rangers ass.<br> Tonto nods, and recognizes what he must do, and rides off. Tonto finally reaches the Lone Ranger:<br> <br>"Tonto, my friend...what did the doctor say," the Lone Ranger asks.<br> <br>Tonto looks at the lone Ranger:"The doctor says you're fucked!"

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Bruce Cambell, John Tuturo, Elvis Presley!


    Madonna, O'J Simson, Hellen Mirren

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Kathy Bates should play Silver

    by RobertBaron

    not Tonto. I'd pay to see that movie!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Meanwhile back at the ranch...

    by banditmania

    the Lone Ranger was disguised as a tree, so Tonto stomped his root. Meanwhile back at the ranch the Lone Ranger was disguised as a pool table, so Tonto racked his balls.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Kathy Bates as a rabid buffalo

    by finky089

    Feed The Bates!!!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by lord_zedd

    Depp and Grammer and Sarah Jessica Parker as Silver!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    robert downey jr is....

    by ReEkOs_RoUgHnEcKs

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Sandra Oh as Silver

    by Hamtaro Hentai

    She makes Sarah Jessica Parker look like Charlize Theron

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    JIM CAVIEZEL Dammit!!!

    by DarthBakpao

    Matthew Fox would be fine too

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Depp as a Native American??????

    by thot

    This has GOT to be a comedy! The only thing even more retarded than the notion of Depp as the Lone Ranger is Depp as Tonto! They have GOT to be kidding! This is going to suck big-time. I'm sure this'll royally piss off the Native American actors who would love such a plum role.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Embeedeuce

    A movie that wont star 22 year olds.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST

    The Lone Ranger

    by Ted Brautigan

    My current catch-all casting suggestion: Jon Hamm from Mad Men

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Sandler, Fraiser and Buscemi as The Lone Rangers

    by Heckles

    Best movie ever.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Ok, I can see Clooney if it has to be a 'name' actor

    by br1947

    He could pull it off. But I'd rather see Nathan Fillion or Aaron Eckhart get it. Eckhart is in a really good place right now after TDK, if he got this he'd easily become a 'name' actor.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Lone Ranger Casting

    by paralyser-pro

    My first impression was definitely Aaron Eckhart as the best actor available. Matthew Fox wouldn't be totally awful. If you wanted to come from left field then Robert Sean Leonard is still Hollywood's most underestimated talent.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Luke Perry!

    by paralyser-pro

    Casting a 21 Jump St. alum with the star of 90210 might be a stroke of genius!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    .. just keep Nic Cage away at all costs

    by br1947

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Viggo Mortensen would also be good

    by br1947

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Meanwhile back at the ranch...

    by kravmaguffin

    Tonto cleverly disgused as a pool table was getting his balls racked. Heidi Montag for Silver!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    You know some studio exec cant wait for a sequel...

    by kravmaguffin

    So he can call it...wait for it... The Lone Rangers!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Oh come on, hire Patrick Warburton

    by Spyhunter

    You know he would make an awesome Lone Ranger.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    na, the sequel will be "The Lone Ranger vs Zorro"

    by br1947

    Old West Batman vs Superman. Which might actually be entertaining.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Clooney,.. The Old Ranger

    by picardsucks

    How about Russell Crowe???

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    can you say " we todd edd"

    by ugh

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    can you say " we todd edd"

    by ugh

    jump the shark jump the fridge jump the nuke now jump the horse!?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    They should go with

    by ChezKing

    casting Robert DeNiro as the Lone Ranger and Al Pacino as Tonto. That would be hilarious.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST


    by O_Goncho

    or Viggo Mortensen.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by illegaltouching

    i agree. viggo already played a "ranger". bring him in.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Aren't Tonto and the Ranger close in age? Clooney? Nah!

    by Monkey_King

    How about an amalgamation of that young Lone Ranger mini-series and that Lone Ranger film from the 80's(the one with the poorly casted Ranger and bad dubbing). The Ranger "did" Tonto's sister, heh heh! Caviezel would be awesome, or Ben Browder.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion would be ideal for this

    by flickchick85

    But the Clooney/Depp duo could be awesome, too.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I thought about this all day

    by CherryValance

    and Hugh Jackman was who I came up with. However, I had also considered Nic Cage if they could find the right hair. Also Nic Cage and Johnny Depp were roommates a million years ago I think, so that'd even be cute. But yeah, my actual choice is Hugh Jackman. I also like the Eckhart and Fillion suggestions. The problem is all day when I was thinking about it, I never really felt like there was a perfect choice. It seemed to me that there is no true Lone Ranger type out there right now.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    by dagonet_

    This will be the talkback where everyone says "I'm part native american." or "I'm 1/128 Indian".

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I don't care...

    by yesiamaplant long as they can work out some deal where The Green Hornet gets to keep his ancestral connection to The Lone Ranger.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Jim Caviezel...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder the Moustache-Twirling Villain. It could work. <p>(Naturally I'd prefer Ian MacShane, but this IS Disney...)

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by Ye Not Guilty

    Otherwise it will be TLRINO!!!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    We don't need no bobble head Lone Ranger. How about Todd Palin?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by MilkyLicker


  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion, right timing, right look, right actor

    by Stormwatcher

    Perfect as he won't steal any thunder from Depp but will totally own the movie. Really, go with Fillion, look at Firefly for proof. This would have me geek out over the movie.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    nobody's a native anything

    by juice willis

    unless they sprang from the fucking soil.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    I think Vigo Mortensen would make a great Lone Ranger.

    by Orbots Commander

    I'd love ii if they shot it in an old fashioned John Ford style; every frame should look like those old billboard Marlboro ads. For a taste of that, check out Lawrence Kasdan's great Silverado.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    With the Clooney cast they're going for post modern irony.

    by Orbots Commander

    How lame. Give us a classic action packed western.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Clooney is way too smug

    by rainbowtrout1265

    That would be terrible casting...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    i can picture clooney....

    by rainbowtrout1265

    bobbing his head down and looking up with his eyes mumbling like he's got day-old oatmeal in his mouth.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Jon Hamm

    by jeryoctober

    I agree... Don Draper IS the Lone Ranger.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Where does the Lone Ranger take his trash?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    To the dump to the dump to the dump dump dump. Ha, I kill me. Thank you,you've been a lovely audience, good night.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I must concur that Nathan Fillion is the best choice.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Look, Fillion is cool but Bruckheimer will never cast him.

    by Orbots Commander

    He'll want to pick a 'name' actor, or someone on the verge of being a star. That's the MO for all Bruckheimer movies. Actually the Eckhart idea wouldn't be bad either. He's got 'heat', as they say, after Dark Knight.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 9:55 p.m. CST

    This’ll Be Fun

    by Evil Chicken

    I’d love to see an unhinged Lone Ranger almost consumed with revenge for what Butch Cavendish did to him, his brother and the rest of the Texas Rangers who were tracking them down. Tonto would be the force that keeps him rooted in his own sanity – a touch base to the real world. Oh yeah… good stuff. I’m there opening night, no doubt. I hope that it happens.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Three Words: Jar. Jar. Binks.

    by TallBoy66

    Oh yes.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Clooney as Butch Cavendish, but not the masked man.

    by TheRealRatigan

    Let George subvert all that smirky charm and enjoy the freedom to play a true bastard.<br>I like the idea of Tom Jane playing the Ranger, but they must be aiming A-list for the part if they've already hired Depp as his sidekick -- Depp's marquee appeal will rule the hype; they can't let Tonto steal the movie.<br>...Personally, I'd like nothing more than to see Josh Brolin as the silver bullet slinger.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Josh Brolin as THE LONE RANGER.

    by TheRealRatigan

    You're welcome, Disney.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Now Ratigan, THAT'S Bruckheimer casting.

    by Orbots Commander

    That's not bad: Brolin is on the cusp, one good role away from stardom, and Clooney as Cavendish would be friggin' awesome.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by Paul T. Ryan

    There. Someone had to say it.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST

    How about a native american for tonto?

    by Bootskin

    Depp doesn't have to be in fucking everything. I don't think his wearing a bandana in Pirates makes him qualified to play an "injun". Hollywood dumbasses.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:11 p.m. CST

    This should be

    by Bootskin

    Adam Beach as Tonto, and Aaron Eckhart as the Ranger. You guys who said this above are fucking geniuses.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    "Killing me won't bring back your GODDAMNED MAIZE!!!!"

    by smackfu

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    christ, Grammaton Cleric Binks

    by smackfu

    The last time I heard that joke I was 6 years old.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    The fact that George Clooney let you suck his dick doesn't mean *he's* gay. It means *you're* gay.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Josh Brolin

    by ChezKing

    Wow, that is a great call! I read that name and instantly saw it and just--wow. That is a perfect combo. I can see Brolin depicting a tense bitter vengeful Ranger and Depp counter-balancing with a wise spiritual somewhat enlightened Tonto. They would really look good together on screen. Nice call, TheRealRatigan!

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Paul T. Ryan...

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Good one! But, I wonder how many get that joke? And, actually Spilbury's voice was dubbed by, I believe, Stacy Keach!

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Harvey Fierstein as Lone Ranger, Ty Pennington as Tonto...

    by RandySavage

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    the lone grandpa

    by shogunshin

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Clooney ..YES! Cage...NO!!!

    by gdeo

    nic cage sucks

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Jet Li As the Long Ranger!!!!

    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    Why not? Who says he has to be white?

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman as the Long Ranger!!!

    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    Yes I know it's LONE, but hey...who says he has to be white?

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Okay okay...Verne Troyer as the LONE Ranger!!!

    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    Who says he has to be tall?

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST


    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    Who says he can't have big titties?

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Basically, this idea can suck my dick because...

    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    Tonto's native American. Tonto's Native American, Kingpin's white, Othello's black and it seems someone in Hollywood forgot the rules of nature. Even the old Lone Ranger shows got that right and that was during the height of television racism.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Neat Factoid

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Both George Clooney and Johnny Depp are originally from Owensboro, KY.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Brad Pitt anyone? anyone?

    by Brody77

    He'd be great working with Depp. I like Clooney, but he's too old. Whoever first said Nathan Fillion - very good call!

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    the first problem the writers will have to deal with

    by the podosphere

    is how to excuse the very politically incorrect problem of a white dude calling another white dude playing an Indian (feather) "Tonto", which, after all, is a slur.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Jean Rochefort

    by Dingbatty


  • Sept. 26, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Clooney would be a great choice

    by zapano

    Now all they need is a really good director (no Verbinski, you can sit down)

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Morena Baccarin as the LR. NC-17

    by Dingbatty

    Perhaps, just perhaps, Adam Beach is sick of always playing the American Indian. Let him be an Italian LR.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Casting Depp as Tonto is INSULTING.

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Sheesh... I thought we got over this sort of racist "minstrel"-type casting of whites as minorities several years ago. Heck, they even make sure VOICE ACTORS are the same race as their characters nowadays!<p>Just based on the fact that they're screwing over some talented Indian actor out there, who would otherwise be getting this plum role, this film is a wash for me. It's like Jessica Alba's Sue Storm all over again! >:(<p>NEXT time, just hire a damn Native American!!! You already took their lands... you have to take one of the few famous roles made for them, too??? Idiots.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST


    by Droid

    I posted my suggestion of Adam Beach on the announcement feedback but Eckhart's a great call. If they made Lone Ranger with them then i'd go see it. Have Depp as the villian. He's good at the whole bad-ass thing. Unless he's saving it for Batman 3.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    "He played a Space Cowboy, so now he can be a Masked Cowboy!"

    by kiddae

    Imaginative, folks. And now I'll be a hypocrite and say Josh Brolin is a great idea. "He was in an anti-Western, so now he can be in a PULP-western!" And while we're being ethnically absurd, get Javier Bardem for Tonto.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST


    by Cobb05

    Is that what they want this movie to be? A kinda Maverick, family friendly western/action movie?

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Patrick Stewart once had an idea of playing Othello. He would be the lead, Othello would be white, and everyone else would be black. If anyone else suggested it I would have said dumb, but if anyone could have pulled it off it would have been him. I don't know if it was ever actually produced or not.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Clooney was the first person that came to mind.

    by JDanielP

    You know, I get it. This sounds great. But yet, this is just soo00OO wrong, 'cause Tonto should be American-Indian.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    The Lone Ranger should be...

    by TurboPervo

    completely CGI. It worked so well in 'The Incredible Hulk", right?

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Wait, I've GOT it!

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Brandon Routh as the Lone Ranger, Kal Penn as Tonto and Kevin Spacey as the land-grabbing villain. Directed by any in-house hack that can squeeze in the shoot between "Hannah Montana" videotapings.... <p>THAT'S about the level of creativity I'm expecting from the Louse House....

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Whoever they cast, the bigger question is..

    by Marillion

    Will he be wearing powder blue tights? <p> Clooney and Depp work as stunt casting if this is a campy homage to the original. <p> IF they plan to take this in a more "realistic" direction (period costumes rather than tights and such), then the cast needs to change.. <p> My vote is for Fillion AND.... Wes Studi...

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Chuck Norris as Walker, Lone Texas Ranger

    by Green Arrow

    I think Depp can play anything convincingly. Lone Ranger...Vigo, maybe? Or if looking for someone younger, Milo whatever his name is from Heroes.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Enough with Nicholas Cage

    by Toby___Wong

    I have no interest in the Lone Ranger. It's bad enough that an Indian is called Tonto which is your typical Hollywood racist bullshit.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Depp never looks like a grown-up

    by LeftFoot

    For me Depp never looks like a grown-up. He always looks like a kid actor.<BR><BR> It they did put Pam Grier in it somewhere I would be a lot more interested. A skin tight powder blue body suit would real good on her. Powder blue body suit with a mask..... I'm going to be thinking about that for a while now....

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I'm a huge Depp fan, but...

    by rbatty024

    they really should have cast an American Indian for the part. They could have gotten the guy from Flags of Our Fathers, he's pretty good. Unless they change the race of the character, I just don't really dig Depp playing and Indian, and even if they do change the race of the character (a white man raised by Indians or something like that) it's still stealing a role from an American Indian actor.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    With this casting, what type of western will it be?

    by JDanielP

    Seriously, I can imagine this material being interpreted in any number of ways. Will it be "TOMBSTONE", with more laughs and less blood? Will it be "THE VILLAIN" and "BLAZING SADDLES" rolled into one? Will it be "ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST" but with more action and humorous dialog? I really want to know! And this flick is (now) permanently on my radar.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    "How dare they cast a Cherokee for an Apache!!!"

    by JackRabbitSlim

    "This just shows Hollywood's blatant disregard for Native Americans - not even paying regard to the correct tribe of the actor. Do you think Choctaw spoke the same language as Algonquins? That the Tuscarora shared anything but the vaguest cultural similarities with the Mandan? Its the 500 nations, biatch! Its insulting - its bigoted - fuck it - its RACIST!!!"

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Give it a floor run, see if it plays.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Let's offer up the usual Bruce Campbell, Nathan Fillion, Patrick Warburton suggestions yet again.<p>That old chestnut never gets old.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion and Wes Studi ... right

    by JackRabbitSlim

    And the budget for your movie will be ... what ... 450,000 dollars? Cuz exactly which banker, at the present moment, sees the name "Nathan Fillion" and "profit" in the same sentence?

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by Cletus Van Damme

    He's a handsome squaw!

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by kiddae

    Johnny Depp can classify himself however he wants, but I'll forgive people for identifying someone with a Cherokee GREAT-GRANDMOTHER as White. If you genuinely think casting Johnny Depp is the same as casting a Native American actor, then fair enough. Personally I think it's disingenuous to yell "he's half Cherokee!" whenever it comes up.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Clooney as the masked hero...

    by DieGlazerDie

    Oh please, not again.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    A thousand times no!

    by iakobos

    Clooney and Depp are totally wrong for TLR and Tonto. The 1982 movie stank because the script was crap. Clooney and Depp will screw it up because the'll give it some kind of post modern twist that doesn't fit with the Lone Ranger mythos. Clayton Moore, who played the orgiginal LR back in the '50s-'60s, was about as perfect a LR as you could get. Find an actor like that and you have a winner.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Thank You, Masked Man!

    by Cheif Brody

    Ever wonder why The Lone ranger never sticks around for 'thank yous'...Watch this classic Lenny Bruce piece for the hilarious answer. <p> <p> Ya know what The Lone Ranger found when he finally looked up "Kemo Sabi" in the Am. Indian to English dictionary? It means HORSE FUCKER!

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Clooney ruined Batman, and now he wants...

    by Leafar the Lost ruinthe Lone Ranger.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Why is the name "Tonto" bad??

    by Ye Not Guilty

    I've seen several talkbackers tget upset over the very name "Tonto," but why? The name means "Wild One". It's not an insulting name. Calm down, already.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by Ye Not Guilty

    C'mon, he was robbed when it came to being The Joker.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Why not Timothy Olyphant as The Ranger?

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    He could inject some humor into the movie with that engaging personality of his.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Paddy Considine and Timothy Spall

    by Samson_K

    Shane Meadows directs - it's set in the Midlands and is about two western obssessed unemployed guys who go against a local flamboyantly gay drug dealer called Tommy 'Butch' Cavendish.

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Barney Frank as the Lone Ranger

    by MrNotHere

    C'mon, you've seen him in Washington, now see him in the Old West. Comedy takeoff, like Zorro the Gay Blade.

  • Sept. 27, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Grammaton Cleric Binks

    by tHeGRinGoGenTiLE

    Now THAT sounds like a cool idea. Stewart is bad as hell and reversing things racially is a cooler idea than just casting wrong.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Clooney has been cast as the Lone Ranger...

    by Leafar the Lost

    On paper it looks like perfect casting. Johnny Depp will kick ass as Tonto. Depp is a true genius, and he could play anyone. If he wants to play Native American Indian, he will literally become one. Clooney, however, is sooooooooo overrated as an actor. He did not deserve his Oscar; Depp should have been given the Oscar years ago. I will see the film for Depp, and he will be the star of the Lone Ranger, not Clooney.

  • Sept. 28, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp as...

    by Dr Gregory House

    ...every character ever created in the history of man and cinema. Dude needs a vacation.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Depp as a Native American?????? by Thot

    by GalactusZ

    Depp is part Cherokee.

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    "How dare they cast a Cherokee for an Apache!!!" by JackRabbitSl

    by GalactusZ

    Don't be silly. Americans play Germans in WWII movies...and vice-versa. Why not Cherokees playing Apaches?

  • Sept. 25, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by GalactusZ

    None of the leading actors were really Mayan in that movie big deal.