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Lone Ranger Date Set

Disney locks in December 21 2012 for The Lone Ranger

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 09, 2011
Source: Walt Disney

Johnny Depp takes center stage in Disney's one-sheet for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES(2011).
© Walt Disney Pictures

December 2012 continues to pile up a host of new anticipated releases with the latest insertion becoming Walt Disney Pictures' The Lone Ranger. The studio that Walt and Mickey built so long ago has set up a December 21, 2012 premiere for their western adventure will star Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the title character.

The new date means it will be coming out the weekend after The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec 14) and on the same day as Life of Pi. Studios are also planning to set Zack Snyder's Man of Steel into this month somewhere while there have been rumors that J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel could make its debut on the final month of 2012. As Maniacs know, Warner Bros. recently took the Trek tale out of its summer 2012 line-up.

Plot Concept: Based on the classic property, which launched as a radio serial in the 1930s, this revision will be centering on Depp's Tonto character rather than the famed Lone Ranger (Hammer). Director Gore Verbinski has described it as "It's sort of 'Don Quixote' told from Sancho Panza's point of view,"

The Lone Ranger rides into theaters December 21, 2012.

Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.


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OmegaDean 6/9/2011 9:26:21 AM

Am I excited about this?... NO!!! Right about now I'm so tired of Johnny Depp being Johnny Depp on screen. Stick with Pirates buddy. Let a real native american have the job.

cinemaman72 6/9/2011 9:30:14 AM

No offense to Deep or the studio, but if you are making a Lone Ranger film or to be more specific, if you are trying to sell the public on a Lone Ranger film, why the hell are you making Tonto the main character. That's like making Batman and having Robin be the main guy, or making Sherlock Holmes and having Watson be the main character. Gore and Deep need to put their massive egos aside and play second fiddle to Arnie Hammer.

krathwardroid 6/9/2011 9:52:39 AM

Yeah, cinemaman72. I can picture The Dark Knight Rises... starring Robin. LOL!

jfdavis 6/9/2011 10:06:32 AM

The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp as Tonto irritates me but at least the story is from his point of view and he doesn't just appear for 10 minutes like when Brando top billed Christopher Reeve... 

aegrant 6/9/2011 10:27:07 AM

 I like the idea of telling it from Tonto's point of view. And there have been movies that tell the story from the sidekick's POV.

I like Johnny Depp playing Tonto too. Look I like westerns and for a long time the only cowboys you ever saw were of the caucasian persuasion and every town was squeeky clean. If they want to show the wild wild west from a diferent view  - I'm down. If they want to show the west how it really was (a la Deadwood) - I'm down. And if they want to make Tonto a character that does more than sit on his horse and mumbles 5 words every half hour - I'm down.

And btw I thought that movie Depp & Jolie mad last year was a decent flick and I'm glad to see him making something other than the pirate movies - the first 2 were enough.

Wiseguy 6/9/2011 11:36:36 AM

So now not only will the cowboy be of the caucasian persuasion but so will the indian, progress :)

I wanted to want to this so bad but Depp's involvement is leaving me tepid

Davewriter 6/9/2011 12:26:48 PM

Well... At least in China, the Green Hornet movie is really known as Kato and the fat guy.

And that turned out okay... 

Didn't it? 

McQuestion 6/9/2011 1:31:00 PM

I'm not thrilled. Why can't we have a classic Lone Ranger story set in a Deadwood style town, where everyone is corrupt and nasty and have one guy, a fairly decent (for the period) tough guy become a masked vigilante with a sidekick and try and clean up the town or something? Is that just too pedestrian? Or is it because Depp is so huge a star that the story has to be made about his character?


I agree with those who say it's like making The Dark Knight from Robin's POV.

reek 6/9/2011 1:46:43 PM

I wonder how much they are actually going to focus on Tonto, or if they are billing it that way so no one forgets it's a Johnny Depp flick.  Pre-release tidbit and hype are spun harder than a political press release.  Either way, movies about old fashion good guys are hard to pull off these days and an anti-hero Lone Ranger would be an offense.

InnerSanctum 6/9/2011 1:47:59 PM

 You know, I use to really like Depp, but now I'm burned out on him.  There is a point when an actor is simply overexposed.  Take a break Johnny.  

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