‘Lone Ranger’ Trailer: Armie Hammer Dons the Mask; Johnny Depp Talks to Horses

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 12th, 2012 at 10:50 am,

The Lone Ranger teaser trailer isn’t so much about introducing Old West heroes John Reid (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp) – in fact, they’re barely in it. Instead, it foremost offers a peek at the antiquated trains used in Gore Verbinski’s western – which in part account for the estimated $200-250 million price tag and principle photography taking 4-5 months (in such places as Monument Valley and Moab).

Of course, Depp and Verbinski are no strangers to working with massive budgets and shooting on location in unspoiled terrains, after Pirates of the Caribbean. Lone Ranger reunites them with producer Jerry Bruckheimer as well as Pirates writing duo Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who worked together on both the story and script with Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, Snitch).

Disney’s full Lone Ranger trailer gives a more proper introduction to the lawman John Reid and explores his inspiration to put on a bandit mask, in order to fight for justice in the Wild West; however, he is once again overshadowed by Depp as the peculiar American Indian spirit warrior Tonto. On one hand, it’s refreshing to see an iteration of Lone Ranger where the characters feel like true equals; on the other hand, there’s a risk that Depp’s antics will take precedent over Reid’s story, making the latter seem like a second-tier player in his own movie (similar to what happened at times in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland).

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Lone Ranger also reteams Verbinski with director of photography Bojan Bazelli, who worked with the filmmaker on The Ring. Their new collaboration uses a similar harsh color palette – here, with more of a western flavor – and the nightmarish montage that opens the new trailer almost feels lifted from their J-horror remake. Yet, but a matter of seconds later, there are jokes with horses wearing hats and big-budget spectacle featuring multiple (count ‘em, multiple) train derailments that tease the central conflict: a power struggle involving a scheming railroad tycoon (Tom Wilkinson) and his henchman (William Fichtner).

That’s to say: upon closer inspection this trailer’s all over the map, as is the actual movie (we suspect). That’s not a surprise, seeing how Depp and Verbinski’s first foray into the western genre resulted in the highly idiosyncratic Rango; moreover, Verbinski made it clear from the beginning that he’s not interested in making a conventional Lone Ranger re-telling. But will moviegoers in general go for it, especially once word-of-mouth comes into effect?

What do you think? Sounds off in the comments section.


Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper and James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3).

It opens in theaters on July 3rd, 2013.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Looks okay.

  2. Not convinced this can hold my attention, but we’ll see.

  3. Looks like a blast to me!!

  4. I thought the reflection of the Lone Ranger cast upon the train @ 1:43 was pretty cool.

  5. Is it known whether the film makers plan to make use of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and Liszt’s “Les Préludes” as was done on the television series? Both compositions convey a sense of heroic grandeur which should not be left out.

    • To be honest, all I know is that the music’s being done by Hans Zimmer (Inception, Rango, Dark Knight Rises), so…

      • Isn’t Jack White composing the score?

        • It was reported earlier this year, but Zimmer’s the only one credited in the trailer. So, I’m guessing that means White’s out.

          • Got it. Thanks!

    • How can you have The Lone Ranger without?

  6. looks ok, some cool action pieces, some humor, but still not doing it for me yet.

  7. Is nothing sacred these days.

    I looks horrible, and I hope I don’t have to explain why. Another thing is how many origin stories can we possibly have, of various heroes? Why couldn’t it be told via. flashback?

    When something is perfect don’t mess with the formula. Just take a look a the Dynamite comics lone ranger. They modernized him (he’s still in the same time period) without taking away every thing good about him.

    Shame on you Disney, shame on you.

  8. I want to like it, I’m a Depp fan and I love Lone Ranger stuff. There’s something inherently stupid about it…maybe it’s just the tired trope of a native american talking that way that’s throwing me off.

    Obviously native americans really did have a certain way of speakng when using english back then, but it’s been portrayed so many times since the early days of film till now that it’s just offputting.

    I have a sneaking suspicion that it will grow on me and I’ll end up loving it, but as of this moment it strikes me as weird.

    • Agree.

  9. I gotta say I love the part where the horse is wearing the hat, and Tonto says “there’s something wrong with that horse.”

    • And it being in the tree strikes you as being normal?!

  10. The one thing I loved about the Lone Ranger TV Show with Clayton Moore.

    You never saw his face.

    Not one time.

    Added to the mystery of who he was when he walked among us.

    I am just old fashioned that way.

  11. Looks like another shake the theatre and make you deaf movie. But i’ve been A fan of the LONE RANGER since I was A kid so I’ll go see it.

  12. Looks fun!
    And Silver’s going to steal the movie, I’m sure :)

  13. This is wonderful. I have been waiting for a good Lone Ranger movie since the one in 1980.

  14. Looks Fun!! Depp’s accent might take a little to get used to but over all, it has a great cast and I’m a big fan of Hammer ever since the “Social Network”. I didn’t see anything regarding any supernatural aspects to the story except Tonto talking about reviving him. I’m there.

  15. Looks fun!

  16. Looks like a great time love the music

  17. Overall, the two trailers I’ve seen are pretty good. I still think that Depp talks somewhat like he’s playing a Japanese character (Miyagi esque). I also think that Disney spent too much money making the movie.

  18. “Let’s Do This” is the most stale recent phrase in the new-generation
    hipster-screenwriter lexicon. It broke the 4th wall of this trailer like a bazooka and revealed a roomful of overpaid young Hollywood bolierplate mid-level “writers” giggling behind the curtain. Depp’s accent is corny rather than wise and peyote-vision’d. Shame.

  19. ugh Johnny Depp, odds are i’ll be dragged to this although i have a feeling this will be just a little better than Wild Wild West.

  20. Ummm Heck Yes!!! Ill take 2!

  21. I like Depp, I really do but I really don’t know if I buy the accent, it just sounds fake unlike the original Tonto who sounded genuine. The comedic side does look entertaining however.

    And did I actually see Helena Carter in there briefly??? Does she have to be in EVERY freakin’ movie Depp is in?

  22. Heh…why not? I am game. It should be an exciting adventure with an old favorite.

  23. What? Just another movie for Depp to be Jack Sparrow in again. What?

    I hope you all see it because unlike Captain Jack Sparrow they will be doing this again and again and again.

  24. Looks like they got rid of the Werewolves.
    Which means I will be going to see this .

  25. I think it looks pretty good.