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Confirmed: Gore Verbinski To Direct Johnny Depp In Jerry Bruckheimer's THE LONE RANGER!

Beaks here...

When Disney announced Jerry Bruckheimer's THE LONE RANGER with a literal fanfare in the fall of 2008, it was known that Johnny Depp would star as Tonto and assumed that PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN's Gore Verbinski would direct. Two years later, it's been confirmed by Deadline's Michael Fleming and Nikki Finke that Gore Verbinski will direct Johnny Depp in Jerry Bruckheimer's THE LONE RANGER. Bam. What took 'em so long? Well, Verbinski's been off making a very interesting-looking animated film called RANGO, while Depp's kept busy by starring in four movies (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE TOURIST, THE RUM DIARY and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES) and voicing the character of Rango for his moviemakin' buddy Verbinski. Hopefully, Bruckheimer took advantage of this delay by concocting a story worth telling - one that doesn't simply settle for the "unconventional" notion of Tonto as the real hero of the tale (a dynamic that's already been explored in Michel Gondry's forthcoming update of Trendle and Striker's THE GREEN HORNET). Justin Haythe (THE CLEARING and the horribly botched adaptation of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD) was brought on earlier this year to write the screenplay. As for potential Lone Rangers, your speculation is as informed as mine. Go nuts.

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  • Nov. 23, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Interesting...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...but ultimately crap. Gore=Bore=Shit. No, it doesn't rhyme. Yes, it's true.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Hi-o Shitter... Away!!

    by strongbadmonkey

    How about some more original works?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    tonto IS the lone ranger

    by spidercoz

    it'll be like smokey and the bandit 3 and shit

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Klinton Spilsbury for Lone Ranger!!!

    by JediRob

    Make it happen!!!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    How many major motion pictures...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...get enormous press for the casting of a sidekick, months and months before the star of the show has even begun getting cast?<P>Johnny Depp is the fucking man, and then some.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Yuck

    by Wolfman Nards

    This will suck.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    The Ranger? Christian Bale. Done.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Frankly, anybody EXCEPT GODDAMNED SAM WORTHINGTON! SERIOUSLY, DON'T YOU DARE FUCKING DO IT, DO YOU HEAR ME?!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Revolutionary Road

    by Masked Avenger

    I agree with you, that script was terrible and took a great novel and ruined. Todd Field should've made it. This has nothing to do with Lone Ranger but I agree with your assertion on Justin Haythe's screenplay.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion!

    by 3 Bag Enema

    The hammer is his penis.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Robert Downey Jr as The Lone Ranger! Period.

    by Sequitur

    Downey and Depp together = CLASSIC

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Look for lots of stupid and over the top stunts and special effe

    by Artemis Webb

    Clayton Moore where are you?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Will Depp be in red face?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    oh well, who cares about pissing off the indians

  • -for the hand of Johnny Depp. :P

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    No One Cares!

    by D o o d

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Brolin would be the smart choice...

    by Heckles

    ...being a Disney - Bruckheimer joint, you can throw sanity out the window. That being said, it will probably be Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Will Farrel, Michael Cera, or a random comedian-of-the-month to play silly to Depp's straight-laced Tonto.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Will this tie in

    by donkey_lasher

    With The Green Hornet?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    George Clooney IS The Lone Ranger!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    This is great news. I'm a Lone Ranger fan who got up at 6AM as a kid to watch the show every morning before elementary school and had the 12 inch dolls--er, action fgures from the 70s. I think it's time for George Clooney to remind everyone he's our greatest movie star as well as a great actor and director. Before somebody screams, "He's too old!." allow me to retort. Bullshit. He has let his hair grey naturally in order to be taken more seriously as a film-maker and to seperate himself from his Sexiest Man Alive days, but he could easily get back into movie star mode to play the greatest American Western hero.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    They should cast

    by Colonel Activity

    Shaquille O'Neal as KAZAAM! the rapping genie as The Lone Ranger

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Will they take out the trash at some point in the movie?

    by StanGrossman

    Because if they do they can go "To The Dump, To The Dump, To The Dump Dump Dump"

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    That one doesn't translate into writing so well...

    by StanGrossman

    Man, you are one pathetic loser. No offense.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Okay, so...

    by Kaitain

    ...where's the obit for Ingrid Pitt?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    DADDA-DUN... DADDA-DUN... DADDA-DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN.

    by Triple_J_72

    I had to do it... sorry. :-)

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Hooray...?

    by Raymar

    Bioshock please.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Didn't the last Lone Ranger movie bomb?

    by Alphanumeric1971

    The audiences for westerns just isn't there anymore, so I can't see this one being a blockbuster <p> (I suppose that one could say that about the Pirate movie genre too, but still...)

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    kids today have no clue who lone ranger is.

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    thus - they should make him a VAMPIRE!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    And also,

    by Alphanumeric1971

    Why can't a native guy play a native character? I thought the days of blackface were behind us.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    My Lone Ranger would be . . .

    by verbalintercourse

    Jon Hamm. Could handle the comedy and looks the part of the hero.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogan will be Lone Ranger, of course

    by The Krypton Kid

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Get Christopher Lloyd to play Butch Cavendish...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    and cast an unknown as The Lone Ranger. There's no way that film would bomb...

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    CONFIRMED: I DON'T GIVE TWO FUCKS!

    by AzulTool

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Jay Thomas has the best Lone Ranger story...

    by banditmania

    ...watch it on youtube.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Will he be basing the character off of Keith Richards?

    by Crooooooow

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    The Apache invented over-the-top stunts...

    by zinc_chameleon

    that was their fighting style. Check out 'Apache vs. Gladiator' on 'Deadliest Warrior'. Does Depp have the physical skills to play a seasoned Apache warrior? I'm wondering....

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    This is not a comedy and should not be...

    by crankyoldguy

    Every Ranger slaughtered but him? It can have a wry line or tow, like "Batman Begins" w/ "Does it come in black," but other than that, no yuks, please.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Lone Ranger should already have...

    by crankyoldguy

    some skills as a ranger, at least with a gun. Tonto could teach him stealth and more.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I really want to see a new Lone Ranger

    by freerangecelt

    movie but have no interest in it if all it is going to some sort of comedy. Johnny Depp is the actor of my generation, but I think it's disrespectful to the property to treat it as has been reported.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    johnny depp starring in

    by imagegod

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ fuck he's boring

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Pwease daddy

    by ObiBen

    tell me about the Wone Wanger...again....

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    helen bonham carter starring

    by imagegod

    as the fucking horse.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    HELLO, THERE!

    by GE

    Great, I have your attention.<P>I'm just trying to find my way home; could someone point me in the direction of the peddleback?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Follow the same formula as PotC

    by RandySavage

    Create an iconoclastic hero a charismatic villain and give their world both historic and fantasy elements. I like Gore Verbinski. I liked all the PotC films. <P> I have a feeling they will want to go young with the Ranger however, to widen appeal to the 18-34 demo. I like Clooney, but I'd bet they cast someone like Riggins from Friday Night Lights or Aaron Johnson.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Stop raping my childhood!!

    by GetMeAn18ManFireTeamIn12Hours

    Wait, this shit was in black and white. Was I even born yet?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Matthew Fox as John "Jack" Reid

    by zacUpquark

    That'd be cool.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    As long as it doesn't interfere with...

    by awardgiver

    Dark Shadows. Sick of these ridiculously huge craptacular blockbusters.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The man? Clayton Moore is THE fucking man!

    by deelzbub

    I've been playing Lone Ranger episodes for my kids over the last couple of weeks, and they LOVE it!<P> I had never seen the origin episode, and the way those Rangers were slaughtered helps you understand why he became the Lone Ranger. Tonto saved his life and nursed him back to health. Not only was Tonto's and the Lone Ranger's relationship a true partnership, but so was the relationship between the Lone Ranger and Silver. Oh, and Dredd-style, he NEVER shows his face! It's a great story, and Hollywood probably can't help but fuck it up.<P> Those episodes are on IMDB, btw.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Didn't we just hear about The Thin Man and Dark Shadows as well?

    by elsachmo

    I wonder how many of these will actually get made?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    SURE, DEPP HAS *SOME* NATIVE AMERICAN BLOOD

    by BringingSexyBack

    But honestly this is some fucked up casting. Rudy "Jaguar Paw" Youngblood should be Tonto, with Depp as LR.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane would make a good Lone Ranger too,

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    but I like the possibility of the Clooney/Depp chemistry.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    No camp or bad jokes fucking please

    by Continentalop

    Try to treat this like "The Lone Ranger Begins" and I might be interested. Yeah, I know he seems corny to modern eyes but imagine if there was no O'Neal/Adams, Miller, Burton and Nolan Batman, we'd only be able to imagine him as being like the campy Adam West version. Well just pretend LR has been going through a similar evolution through the years. I'm not saying make him like the Punisher, but if you ever listened to the old radio shows of the Lone Ranger it was a little dark at times.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    imagegod and Geektard_Smasher

    by thecheesegrommit

    Everyone in here, lets have a round of applause for these two. Thanks for proving that people can still be wastes of space and air. You rancid smelling excuses for human beings. When we we stand agains this type of vitriol as if the subjects the lambast are undeserving of kindness of just common courtesy. Seriously folks lets look at what some write in here about others protected by their anonymity. Why did this ever become acceptable? AND don't go claiming "it's a joke" "get a sense of humor" I'm all for ranking on my buds, throwing them under the bus, IN their presence. There is a hatred in a lot of TBer's It's distasteful. And If I were your unlucky father I'd rain holy hell down upon your black hearts. OK then, carry on.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    "When will we"?

    by thecheesegrommit

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Sorry for the typos

    by thecheesegrommit

    I should have proof read

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    "...bad jokes fucking..."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    My incredibly immature mind finds that very amusing. <P>" 'A guy walks into a bar...' rammed his engorged manhood deep into 'How can you tell when a blond...'<P>Nine months later, Dane Cook is born.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    "Bruckheimer"

    by KilliK

    i stopped reading just there.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Will the Green Hornet refer to the Lone Ranger?

    by Carl's hat

    And if you don't know the connection you should hand in your geek passport.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Ya'll know it's going to be Bale or Downey Jr.

    by Logan_1973

    No one else gets cast for anything but those guys.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Next: Rogen n Carrey in Laurel n Hardy

    by scrote

    ...Coming soon from your favorite creatively-bankrupt movie studio!! Jerry ButtMiner...what a piece of work...

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Carl's Hat

    by Crooooooow

    Unfortunately, I think the 2 properties are owned by different companies now so they tend to ignore that aspect of the Green Hornet/Lone Ranger.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Westerns always bomb

    by Cobb05

    Now, it'll be interesting to see if Cowboys Vs Aliens can do well. I personally love westerns and I wish someone could reinvent the western and make them great again. And I think Brad Pitt will end up playing The Lone Ranger.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    i love Westerns but some things belong in their own time

    by KilliK

    like WW2 or Vietnam movies and so on.as time passes,the general taste of the mainstream audience changes,and with that the appeal and popularity of specific movie genres.<br /> <p>ofc Westerns eventually will come back,after all life is a circle,but they wont be in their familiar form.ie the mixture of Western and Scifi in the Cowboys and Aliens flick is a good way of how you can make the Western attractive again to a young generation whose interest in limited only to the Transformers and Twilight movies.<br /> <p>hell i wouldnt be surprised if in the future,a western with vampires comes out in the future and becomes a big hit.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Wes Studi...

    by WeylandYutani

    as an older (but wiser) Tonto. <P> Awesome.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    COWBOYS & VAMPIRES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by DioxholsterImperium

    OMG YEAH SO COOL!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Lone Rangers

    by shatners hairpiece

    Not Jon Hamm. Not Downey or Bale. Matthew Fox is interesting. Viggo Mortensen, Sam Rockwell, Hugh Laurie or James Franco. If they cast Shia LePoof, Clayton Moore will come back from the dead and kick all of their asses.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Re: Cowboys and Vampires

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Already been done, of course:<P>http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060168/

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Alphanumeric - That was 30 years ago

    by MRJONZ72

    There hasnt been as man westerns as there was like in the 50, 60's etc.. but there's been a few in the past 30 years that has been hits namely Tombstone and Unforgiven. I think that True Grit will be a hit too.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I just find this insulting.

    by BooBoosDaddy

    There are so many Native American actors begging for work. There are some name actors that would work well in the role--Adam Beach comes to mind. To have Depp in this role is insulting. Sorry, dude, being 1/32 Cherokee or whatever does not qualify you to play the full blood Tonto. Maybe if this was 1939 again...This whole idea of him starring in The Lone Ranger really irks me. Now, if he were playing the weird, blind guy behind the saloon, or something that would be fine. But this casting is as insulting as John Voight as a Native American in U Turn.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet = Lone Ranger's nephew

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Cool shit, probably will either be mentioned, made fun of or goes over the average weed smoker's head who's going to sit through this.... who took my lighter?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    COWBOYS & ZOMBIES?

    by DioxholsterImperium

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Daniel Craig for Lone Ranger

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Bond's Gotta eat!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Brain Drain

    by BooBoosDaddy

    He was one of several Texas Rangers who was killed in an ambush. He was nursed back to health by Tonto. Being the lone survivor, he called himself the Lone Ranger.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    They need to get someone as big as Depp to play

    by Quadrillionaire

    the Lone Ranger or it won't work. It would be lame to have Tonto get top billing or it'll be Alice in Wonderland all over again with the Mad Hatter being the star of the show

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Hey, some SPIDER-MAN REBOOT news...

    by Astronut

    iO9 is reporting kids are trying out for the role of Billy Connors... You know what that means, right?? OH yeah!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Cast the Native American actor who's bigger than Johnny Depp

    by Nerd Rage

    oh...wait.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    To a degree I will also say Young Guns

    by MRJONZ72

    Hey it was successful enough to spawn a sequel. I will also say one of the reasons (among a few) is that well it wasn't very good. The only part I truly liked is when he actually becomes the Ranger and the famous music starts playing and him and Tonto go off riding.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    BrainDrain...He is called The Lone Ranger because

    by MRJONZ72

    He was the lone survivor of a group of Texas Rangers that were massacred.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    JON HAMM!

    by HoffmanPasander

    He has the old-school hero vibe, and since they're going younger for Superman, makes sense to get him a tentpole. He'll be relatively cheap compared to Depp's salary. You know this to be true.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet can't be the Lone Ranger's nephew...

    by ShabbyBlue

    ...at least now in the new movie universe, since the new Green Hornet movie is set in modern day, which leaves a 100+ year gap between him and the Lone Ranger. The ranger would be more like his great great great uncle.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck Tonto. Snyder is CGI-ing SUPERMAN.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    The dumb fucker. Head over to Dark Horizons. (A movie NEWS site.) Zack Snyder wants to cast "skinny" British guy Matthew Goode. Actually if you Google Image the guy he's got a good Clark look and, beefed up, could pull of Supes. But Snyder wants him so he can pull off the weedy Clark persona, and isn't too fussed about his Superman bulk because, and I quote: "Snyder isn't concerned about that as he plans to render Superman's muscular body with CG animation, much like the way Ryan Reynolds' outfit is rendered in next year's "Green Lantern". Way to miss the fucking point Snyder. Superman doesn't GROW MUSCLES when he puts the suit on, for Christ's sake. Surely Nolan won't stand for THAT shit. P.S. It should be Routh. But this guy could well look the part actually. But fuck off Snyder. CGI Superman my ass.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    My fault BooBoosDaddy

    by MRJONZ72

    You beat me to it..didn't see your post until now.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Also, why not cast an Indian as Tonto?

    by elsachmo

    Casting a white guy as Tonto seems a little weird to me. There are a few good Native American actors out there. Adam Beach comes to mind.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Agree 100% Boo Boos Daddy

    by Carl's hat

    Jay Silverheels who played Tonto in the 50s tv show, was such a strong role model for a lot of kids. Anyone who is interested, google the Lone Ranger's creed. This is a character with a rich and full background. Done right, this could be huge.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    That Superman news is terrible...

    by Carolinamaestro

    Seriously

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    So Johhny Depp. Is the lone ranger?

    by chainsaw_shawn

    That's awesome. who's gonna play tonto??? And CGI superman well, is my recollection serves me right, christopher reeve wasnt all that muscluar. The guy should just tone up, not bulk up. I'll take a bruce lee like superman over the CGI muscles anyday.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    MooseMalloy sorry but wtf are you talking about?

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp is white, plain and simple

    by supercargo

    His great, great, great grand pappy may have been native, but that don't change the fact that he looks 100% of European descent. Not even all the spray tan in the world and Depp's acting chops could convince me as Tonto. It's about as convincing as John Wayne playing Genghis Khan. What's next Justin Bieber playing Shaft??

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Fucking Lincoln, bitches

    by Proman1984

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    "Surely Nolan won't stand for THAT shit."

    by Subtitles_Off

    Nolan thinks the bat-suit looks like a football uniform.<P>And don't call me Shirley.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Zack Snyder exists so

    by Subtitles_Off

    people will quit picking on Brandon Routh.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Gotta second the motion for HAMM.

    by Laserbrain

    He'd be so fucking badass in this.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    JAI HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Haven't thought of the Lone Ranger in decades...

    by Toruk_Makto

    not sure how this will play out, might wind up going in Sonnenfeld's Wild Wild West's direction, which was--less than impressive.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Pitt would be good as the Lone Ranger...

    by 11dayempire

    ...plus we've never had him appear in a film with Depp before. Weird, given that they're both pretty-boy actors who aspire to quirky character roles.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    GUY PEARCE or BRADLEY COOPER.

    by Jodo_Kast

    Read subject line.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Hoo-FUCKING-ray !

    by Keith Maniac

    Does this mean were going to get a tepid Keith Moon or David Bowie impersonation as Tonto.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion.

    by fanboy71

    He has the western experience, and can be both dark and funny. Not that I want the Lone Ranger to be funny, because I DON'T! But you know it will be. Dark movies won't bring in the kiddies.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Since this is a Jerry Bruckheimer movie...

    by AsimovLives

    ... i hope it fucking bombs miserably at the box office. No disrespect for Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski, i hope they have all stellar careers for the rest of their lives, but this guys should chose better, they should know better. Bomb, fucker, bomb!

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Um... The Lone Ranger is tad... you know Non-PC

    by impossibledreamers

    And I'm sorry, but Depp - NOT a Lone Ranger candidate. Sorry. Yikes.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Charlie Sheen

    by jellypop

    then re-name the film the 'Bone Ranger' and make it a porno..

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Depp could pass for the role

    by seasider

    as long as he doesn't come off as some racial stereotype. I think a good idea would be to follow Graham Greene's lead with what he did on Maverick. In Maverick, Greene's character spoke flawless English except when he was interacting with "clients" who expect the more stereotypical Indian who talks like Mr. Miyagi. It doesn't have to be exactly like that but I just have a hard time seeing how Depp will be able to say lines like "Him say man ride over ridge on horse." without having moviegoers cringe.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Can Depp play a masculine character?

    by CountryBoy

    You want a fop or a dandy, he's your "man". But a serious, competent human male? Even his Dillinger was kind of a weirdo.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    GEORGE CLOONEY WOULD BE GREAT AS THE LONE RANGER

    by Darth Busey

    Tell him to play it straight like he's in a Coen Brothers comedy, and away we go.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Four words:

    by RogueWarrior65

    Filmed entirely on location. That's all I want in a western. And hire Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion

    by KSB36

    Chicks love him. That is all.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Two ways to go with the ranger

    by dastickboy

    If the story is "the sidekick is the real hero", Aaron Eckhart. If it's "the original buddy cop film" go for Clooney.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    DASTICKBOY...AARON ECKHART IS A GREAT SUGGESTION, TOO

    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Geektard_Smasher

    by thecheesegrommit

    Even your reply is weak. You attack my screen name (Geektard_Smasher hmmmm right?) I'm in Seattle but travel all over the country. Let's drop the anonymity give me your email and we'll discuss this face to face like adults. Your reliance on juvenile expressions like "fudge pack" indicates either an intolerance towards homosexuals or you are a self hating homosexual. But no one can honestly find you entertaining and you probably are just lonely.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    TAYLOR LAUTNER as Tonto!

    by Arturo_Bandini

    ... then cast Pattinson as the Lone Ranger. You'll make a killing!

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Ed O'Niell for the Ranger

    by scrote

    ...see that THE THING ain't opening until October of next year...in other news...

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Jon Hamm would be good as Lone RANGER

    by mojoman69

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    There's only one reason they can cast Depp

    by Hipshot

    As Tonto. Because they know most people are fine with a member of THEIR group stealing a role from another group...even if those same people will squeal like piggies if an outsider takes one of "their" roles. Meaning: most white people don't care, like they didn't care when Joel Gray played a Korean.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    RDJ:Tropic Thunder DEPP=Navajo Blunder

    by scrote

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    the Rock is Indian too,so what they dont cast him instead?

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Depp will guarantee butts in the seats some unknown indian dude

    by mojoman69

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    will not...

    by mojoman69

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Keanu Reeves as the Lone Ranger

    by Anino

    I'm serious dude. He'll be Johnny Utah in a cowboy hat.

  • Nov. 25, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    What they couldn't get Bret Ratner?

    by chien_sale