Depp has played everything from dirty pirates and clueless vampires to eccentric chocolatiers and mad hatters, but in Lone Ranger he’ll step into the iconic role of Tonto, the Native American companion to Hammer’s ex-Texas Ranger. As the trailer explains, it’s Tonto who encourages the ranger to fight for justice.
“There come a time when good men must wear mask,” Depp, as Tonto, says.
Based on the popular radio show-turned-television program from the 1950s, Lone Ranger follows the dynamic duo as they fight for justice in the Old West.
“What was exciting for me was to play the classic character of Tonto,” Depp said during an interview at CinemaCon 2012. “To take that shape, let’s say, and mess around with it… It is a very rock ‘n’ roll version of The Lone Ranger. It’s very fast-paced. It’s high-velocity, and it’s also quite funny.”
The film is set to hit theaters on July 3, 2013. Lone Ranger also stars Depp’s frequent on-screen partner Helena Bonham Carter as Red.
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