WATCH: 'Lone Ranger' Trailer Teases Depp's Tonto, Lone Ranger Not So Much

Lone Ranger Trailer

Disney's first trailer for the big budget Wild West spectacle The Lone Ranger has everything but, y'know, the Lone Ranger himself — Armie Hammer, who's glimpsed here and there amid director Gore Verbinski's bright, sweeping vistas, but certainly isn't the center of attention. Based on this you'd think The Lone Ranger is about horses, runaway trains, slo-mo shoot-outs, and Johnny Depp as a painted face, bird-on-head, perpetually grimacing Tonto. Which, let's be honest, is why this movie exists in the first place.

Depp's sage (and apparently humorless) Tonto penetrates the iconic Western landscape like a punchline, delivering an accented line: "There come a time, kemosabe, when good man must wear mask."

I'm sure his is a culturally-sensitive and realistic portrayal of Native American heroism. This should make for some very interesting Independence Day '13 viewing.

Meanwhile, let's see some more Hammer, Disney! Otherwise it's The Tonto Show, which, who am I kidding, I'd watch anyway.

The Lone Ranger hits theaters July 3, 2013.


From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Verdict: Hi-ho, Silver, away...


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  • Jake says:

    Indeed. The new layout looks cool.

    On this trailer, I thought the same thing. For a film called "The Lone Ranger" they sure treated the actual Lone Ranger as an after thought. No heroic shots of the Lone Ranger doing anything cool. Beyond that, the trailer looked quite fun.

    On a different and more controversial note, I do find it strange that that everyone seems to be giving a pass to the idea of a non Native American playing Tonto in 2012 simply because the person playing it is Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp is definitely a great actor, but it still feels strange that no one seems to find this wrong. Imagine if Johnny Depp was playing Shaft in a new Shaft. People would definitely be pissed. I mean, what's the difference?

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    Just a little feedback. The look is very cool, though.

    - Jake

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