‘Lone Ranger’ Featurette – Armie Hammer Scales Great Heights for the Disney Western

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Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3) is known for going to great lengths, in order to feature as much in the way of practical effects and set pieces in his blockbusters efforts. That’s very much the case for Verbinski’s upcoming The Lone Ranger, which reportedly cost Disney around $215 million to $250 million – to realize the director’s vision – and includes real old-fashioned trains (among other things) that were built specifically for the western blockbuster.

A newly-released Lone Ranger featurette shows lead Armie Hammer – best known for playing the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network – performing one of the film’s deft-defying stunts. This one involving hero John Reid (Hammer) – as has been teased in the previous Lone Ranger trailers – waking atop a hand-crafted tower (called the Spirit Platform), after being left for dead by bandits – and then, rescued by the peculiar Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp).

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The Spirit Platform – presumably a means devised by Tonto to bring John back to his physical form (after he, supposedly, has visited “the other side”) – overlooks a 2,000 foot drop into a canyon in Moab, Utah. Furthermore, the sequence was shot entirely on location and without the comfort of a studio setting (or a green screen backdrop that will be replaced in post-production by a shot of the vertigo-indicuing canyon view).

Hammer being willing to scale great heights is worthy of admiration – though it’s no swing around the Burj Khalifa – and that in combination with previously-released Lone Ranger footage, suggests that all the sweat and money that was poured into making Verbinski’s western adventure will be easy to observe in the final film result.

Question is, will the blockbuster make for more or less of a fun viewing experience than Pirates of the Caribbean? And, should this become another box office hit for Depp and Disney, will a sequel be arriving in the future (whether we want it or not)?


The Lone Ranger gallops into U.S. theaters on July 3rd, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. For this movie to be a good investment for Disney I’m guessing that it will need to make at least 700 mil due to the fact that it was given a 250 mil budget and frankly I can’t see that happening. I hope I’m wrong though as I wouldn’t want to see an adventure film that has made this much effort to use real sets bomb at the BO. I guess the success depends on the plot quality and good word of mouth.

  2. I’m just curious: what exactly is a “deft”-defying stunt?

  3. Interesting that there is a big train wreck in this film as this looks like one.

  4. I love stuff like this in movies. Practical effects beat CGI any day! :)

  5. This movie, just from the previews, looks like a bastardized hatchet job.