The first trailer surfaced overnight for Disney’s long-gestating The Lone Ranger, a reinterpretation of the iconic adventurer who has appeared on American radio, TV serials and films since the 1930s. Director Gore Verbinski reunites with his Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango star Johnny Depp here, who plays Native American spirit warrior Tonto and recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer) into a legend of justice and brought these two opposites together to battle greed and corruption. Tom Wilkinson stars as the villain, and the supporting cast includes Helena Bonham-Carter, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, James Frain, W. Earl Brown, Harry Treadaway and Damon Herriman. This trailer is an interesting one: it’s surprisingly not centred on Depp, focussing instead on the plot — which revolves around the coming of the railroad to the old west — and some large-scale action. The tone is noticeably darker than the Pirates films, although it remains to be seen how Hammer (The Social Network) will fare in his first lead role and whether Depp’s potentially offensive casting will work as Tonto. So far I’m intrigued, especially considering The Lone Ranger follows Verbinski’s unexpectedly excellent Rango, but this first look doesn’t do enough to get me excited for the film, and there’s always the possibility that this could be another Cowboys & Aliens (or Wild Wild West).
The Lone Ranger opens July 3, 2013. Check out the first trailer and poster below.