Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Wrapping up the Disney panel was a 2 ½ minute trailer/reel/fun thing for The Lone Ranger. This wasn’t announced and they didn’t even tell us what it was for, it just started rolling.
Floating over a desert we zoom into a tall mountain, through a crevasse and smack into the lightning on the road Bruckheimer Films Logo. This was about the time most of the audience was clued into what we were about to watch.
The narration went something like this: “From the time of Alexander the Great no man could travel faster than the horse who carried him. Not anymore. Imagine time and space under the mastery of man, a power that makes emperors and kings look like fools. Whoever controls this controls the future.”
Over this narration is lots of epic scale old west footage. Huge, seemingly practically built towns, hundreds of extras in period garb and, of course, a giant steam locomotive. That train is clearly what the narrator is talking about controlling and when he gets to the line “Whoever controls this controls the future” we see someone onboard the train, near the coal stacks, sticking up the conductor.
We see The Lone Ranger and Tonto on a ridge (think that first publicity still) where Johnny Depp’s Tonto is looking over at Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger. Over this comes Depp’s narration “There come a time, kemo sabe, when a good man must wear mask.”
Naturally this is where they cut to the handsome Hammer (that’s a helluva wrestler’s name, by the way) strapping on the mask to much audience cheering and some quick cuts of action… Tonto jumping onboard a moving train, holding on underneath as it rolls, disconnecting one of the box cars and, most notably, a slow motion shot of a kid leaning out the window of a passenger car throwing a single silver bullet out to The Lone Ranger.
It’s wasn’t a whole scene and doesn’t really set up the main conflict of the story (don’t know who the bad guys are and what’s really at stake besides this train line), so I’d be very surprised if Disney doesn’t release this bit very soon.
As a teaser sizzle reel it works, as a full trailer I think it’s a bit underwhelming, so I hope they have something else to release as a full-on trailer. For a sneak peak it’s a fun early look and shows that Gore Verbinski has not forgotten how to put a film’s budget up on the screen. Everything is big, big, big in this footage.
So, there you go, kemo sabe. The sneaky little fun bit of footage from The Lone Ranger!