The Lone Ranger's Familiar Origins Explained in Latest Trailer
12.12.12 by Ryan
Basically, it's still your grandfather's Lone Ranger.
The character of the Lone Ranger has appeared on a variety of media since his creation in 1933 — radio, movie serials and TV shows — but the origin usually remains the same. Originally a Texas Ranger named John Reid, an ambush by Butch Cavendish and his gang leaves Reid's fellow Rangers dead. Discovered by a Native American named Tonto, Reid is nursed back to health and assumes the mantle of the Lone Ranger so that Cavendish will still think him dead. According to the latest trailer, it looks like Disney's upcoming adaptation of The Lone Ranger is remaining faithful to the origin story, with the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) waking up to discover his future partner Tonto (Johnny Depp).
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What is new is the mask itself. "There were several versions before nailing it," Hammer recently explained to USA Today. "But as soon as I put the one on, it was like, that's it. We all kind of knew it."
It's a good thing too, because as Depp says in the trailer: "there come a time when good man must wear mask."
The Lone Ranger was directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the team behind the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, and, clearly, Disney is hoping that The Lone Ranger finds the same kind of success. Written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), the cast includes Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys) as railroad tycoon Latham Cole; Helena Bonham Carter as Red, the madam of a brothel; Barry Pepper as Captain J. Fuller, the leader of the seventh cavalry; William Fichtner as Butch Cavendish; James Badge Dale as Dan Reid, the Lone Ranger's older brother and leader of the Texas Rangers; and Ruth Wilson (BBC's Luther)as Rebecca, The Lone Ranger's female lead.
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