Previous trailers for Disney’s The Lone Ranger provided a broad summary of the story – in addition to glimpses of the antiquated trains and set pieces which led to the western blockbuster’s cost sky-rocketing to $200-2250 million – but the newly-released third trailer gets into the meat of the plot conflict; not to mention, illustrates what director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3) poured that money into (spoiler: the answer is crowd-pleasing spectacle).

Lone Ranger features Armie Hammer (The Social Network) playing John Reid and Johnny Depp as Tonto; respectively, the masked cowboy vigilante and American Indian warrior who fight against a power-seeking railroad tycoon (Tom Wilkinson), while looking for revenge against his lead hired thug (William Fichtner) for killing their loved ones.

In addition, Helena Bonham Carter portrays a “proprietor of a mobile establishment of lavish entertainments,” and Ruth Wilson (Luther) is Reid’s sweetheart Rebecca. Members of the supporting cast include Barry Pepper (Snitch) and James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3), who drew from a script credited to Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4) and Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road).

UPDATE: Check out the final international (re: non-English dubbed) Lone Ranger trailer:

Here are new character posters for The Lone Ranger (click for the full version):

The Lone Ranger trailers continue to paint Verbinski’s film as a “Pirates of the Old West”-style blockbuster that mixes grand adventure and quirky humor, set in a savage, yet almost cartoonish world. However, despite complaints about the big budget, Depp playing Tonto, Hammer (maybe) being overshadowed by his costar, and the abandoned attempt to incorporate bizarre supernatural elements into the Ranger mythos, my main concern right now is that The Lone Ranger seems to be just, well… a pretty generic blockbuster, by modern standards.

Nonetheless, despite – or perhaps because of – all that, Lone Ranger is currently ranking high among the most anticipated 2013 Summer movies (according to Fandango’s polls). So, for the time being, it appears this particular box office bet is going to pay off.


The Lone Ranger rides into theaters on July 3rd, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies