Here's Arnie Hammer and Johnny Depp as Lone Ranger and Tonto

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Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger film has seen its fair share of troubles. Everything from a revolving door of cast members, to even coming face to face with that age old problem of just not having enough money. But since the last change of William Fichtner stepping in for DWight Yoakam as the main villain, it’s been all “Hi ho, Silver!” on the production.

Now, thanks to producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s Twitter stream, we get our first look at leads Arnie Hammer and Johnny Depp in character as the masked lawman and his sidekick.

I am not exactly what you might call a Lone Ranger historian, so my knowledge of the characters are pretty passing, but I must say, I am really digging the look. I especially love Tonto’s quasi Viking head feathers and grim face paint.

Depp recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his role and how he approached it:

“I remember watching it as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f—ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?

I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me. And when the idea came up (for the movie), I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way to try to . . . reinvent the relationship.”

And just for the sake of interest, here’s the original Moore and Silverheels pair:

Now I’m normally one for the classics, but I don’t think I could respect a lawman with pants so tight that I could probably see his farts travelling down his leg like a mouse.

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Also, who is this “Silver” prostitute and why is the Lone Ranger always greeting her before he rides off?

Here’s the official synopsis:

“The Lone Ranger is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.”

Last Updated: March 9, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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