Disney’s The Lone Ranger is one of the biggest and most talked-about tentpoles arriving this Summer, but the Johnny Depp western blockbuster has also stirred up much debate and heated discussion around the Internet – thanks to a combination of factors, like Depp playing a peculiar Native American spirit warrior, the filmmakers’ plans to re-interepret the Lone Ranger-Tonto dynamic, and the sheer amount of cash that the studio has poured into making this film (estimated to lie far north of $200 million).
What’s interesting, however, is how little we really know about Lone Ranger at this particular stage. Previous trailers have teased the Ranger (Armie Hammer) and Tonto’s adventures – which include stopping a shrewd tycoon (Tom Wilkinson) who hopes to gain power by controlling the railroads – and featured bits of quirk humor similar to that in director Gore Verbinski’s past work (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, Rango). Point being, the smaller pieces revealed so far haven’t shed much light on what this blockbuster is going to feel like as a whole.
Truth be told, though, it’s refreshing to not have a concrete vision of just what Lone Ranger is like, ahead of sitting down to watch it. At the least, these new landscape images and picturesque frames offer a snapshot of the excellent photography, conjured up by Verbinski and cinematographer Bojan Bazelli (The Ring) – without revealing much of anything new about the film’s plot or tone, that is.
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In addition, here are new posters featuring Depp and Hammer (along with official descriptions of their respective characters):
Meet Tondo. He rides alone in search of the two men responsible for the ruin of his village, until his path crosses with the young lawyer, John Reid:
Meet John Reid. A Texas lawman whose chance meeting with Comanche warrior, Tonto, sets off a series of events that change him into an enigmatic hero: the masked Lone Ranger.
Update: Here is a description of Helena Bonham Carter’s Lone Ranger character, who has now gotten her own one-sheet:
Meet Red Harrington. The dramatically coiffed, straight-talking, ivory-legged proprietor of a mobile establishment of lavish entertainments.
We shall find out whether Lone Ranger is a hit or miss with audiences when the film opens in theaters on July 3rd, 2013.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures