‘Lone Ranger’ Lassoes William Fichtner as its Villain

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:07 am,

While it’s nothing compared to the budget battle which Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger movie had to undertake after Disney decided that $250 million is too much to spend on a western (even one starring Johnny Depp), the latest bit of Ranger “drama” has been that actor/singer Dwight Yoakam recently backed out of the film due to scheduling issues – even though principal photography is on the verge of getting underway.

Yoakam was set to appear in Lone Ranger as Butch Cavendish, the no-good-varmint who leaves John Reid (Armie Hammer) for dead – only to pay for his mistake when an American Indian named Tonto (Depp) rescues Mr. Reid and helps him to become the masked avenger known as (what else?) The Lone Ranger.

Deadline says that William Fichtner has been “tapped” by Disney to serve as Yoakam’s replacement in Lone Ranger. The actor is set to join a cast composed of one major A-lister (Depp) and numerous less bankable but acclaimed acting veterans and rising stars alike, including Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland), Barry Pepper (True Grit), Ruth Wilson (Luther), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), and James Badge Dale (The Grey).

Fichtner is one of those character actors whose name you may not immediately recognize, but whose face you’ve surely seen many times before. To put it in perspective: Fichtner has turned in memorable supporting performances in such films as Heat, Contact, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Black Hawk Down, Crash, The Dark Knight, and Date Night over the years. Not to mention, his recurring roles as Alex Mahone on Prison Break, Phil Yagoda on Entourage AND Fichtner’s scene-stealing villainous turn as “The Accountant” in last year’s Drive Angry 3D.

In other words, Fichtner is another great addition to the Lone Ranger cast. Indeed, regardless of how you feel about Verbinski’s approach to the Ranger mythos in general there’s no denying the filmmaker has assembled a capable crew of thespians to help bring his wayward vision to life.

Look for The Lone Ranger to ride into theaters around the U.S. on May 31st, 2013.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I could be wrong, but despite the hype with the Lone Ranger, I think its overall performance will be dismal at the box office.

  2. Why did you use The Dark Knight as an example of one of William Fichtner’s movies? He isn’t even on the first page of the IMDB cast list. It should have been Drive Angry or a more recent leading film role he had.

    • I think Prison Break would’ve been the better choice.

    • @ chris

      I just went with The Dark Knight in the article’s excerpt since I figured that’s a good example of an especially widely-seen movie where Fichtner shows up only briefly, but still leaves an impression. In the actual article, of course, I mention his more significant parts.

  3. Scientists have proven that any movie is instantly improved by approx 37% when casting William Fichtner. Study cost about $4 million, but it did lead to him being the only good thing in Drive Angry.

    In a parallel dimension, this guy would be an A lister…

  4. William Fichtner is a first rate actor who always delivers.
    He would be a perfect choice for a movie actually about
    The Lone Ranger as opposed to this unfortunate movie.

  5. SOLID PICK….fichtner is great, and def has the look and the acting chops to play a terrific western villian

    • even is its a disney western lol

  6. I love Fichtner! ;)

  7. Fichtner is the man! One role he did excellent, that wasnt mentioned. Is as Law in the movie Albino Alligator. The movie is slow, but he made it worth watching. cant wait to see Lone Ranger. Oh, and he’s in in about 5 other movies out this year, Seal team Six(documentary type film of the raid on Bin Laden, not really noticed by Hollywood elite/media), Elysium (working with Jodie foster again), a strange film called Wrong,Phantom, & Stupidest Angel. & a tv series that is not released in US Crossing Lines. Love you Mr. Fichtner.