It had to happen eventually. After months of stalling due to now-resolved budget concerns, Disney’sThe Lone Ranger has finally lost its first cast member. According to Deadline, Dwight Yoakam had to bow out because of a scheduling conflict.
Yoakam was set to play Butch Cavendish, the villainous leader of the Cavendish gan. Johny Depp, Armie Hammr, Tom Wilkinson and Helena Bonham Carter have stuck around so far for the film, directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Filming is supposed to start sometime later this month, but we’ll see if Yoakam’s departure changes that.
Left for dead in an ambush with five other Texas Rangers, lawman John Reid (Armie Hammer) survives and is nursed back to health by an Indian scout named Tonto (Johnny Depp). He then dons a mask to avenge the murders of his comrades and to foil evil doers, never accepting payment for his services. His gratis vigilantism is made possible by the silver mine he inherits from one of his slain brothers – the same mine that affords him an endless supply of his trademark silver bullets.
The film is set to open May 31, 2013.
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