A few years have passed since Disney made the announcement that Johnny Depp would star as Tonto in a new live-action adaptation of The Lone Ranger. That was 2008. Not quite three years later, we have Gore Verbinski as a director and we have a new logo — pictured above — but we don’t have an actor starring as the titular hero, nor do we have a production start date. So, it’s not unreasonable to ask: is The Lone Ranger actually happening?
It is. That’s according to Depp, at least, who spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the project: “I think it’s going to be good, when we have a chance to put it up on its feet … what we’ve got so far screenplay-wise is really great, really funny.”
Depp also spoke a bit about his character, Tonto, the Ranger’s sidekick. Depp, who is part Cherokee, views the role as an opportunity to address some of the problems with the way Native American characters have been portrayed throughout history of cinema.
“I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades,” he said. “It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think.”
Sounds good. Let’s just get George Clooney in the title role and call it a day, yeah?
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