If I think the new trailer for Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, which stars Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, looks like it could be a lot of silly fun, does that make me a racist? While I think Hammer has real chops and will be very good in the lead, Johnny Depp as Native American Tonto made me uncomfortable. His speech and intonation is probably spot on (it sounds authentic to my ears), what’s the difference between this and a Caucasian playing Charlie Chan? Does it matter?
The film has had a troubled journey on the way to the theater (as we’ve reported previously) so I suppose the fact that it looks even this good is something and that first long shot in the trailer is a doozy!
“Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie 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.”
Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter round out the truly exceptional cast and we’re right to expect great things from them.
Verbinski (who directed Depp in three of four of The Pirates of the Caribbean movies as well as Rango) is also reuniting with writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott, responsible for all four Pirates films who co-wrote thescript for The Lone Ranger with Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road).
The Lone Ranger rides into town in the US on July 3 and then crosses the pond to the UK on 9th August.