Exclusive poster reveal: 'Lone Ranger' rides again
05:00 AM, Apr 08, 2013
The Lone Ranger has the sexy stubble thing going.
The usually clean-faced actor Armie Hammer shows off the new look in this exclusive reveal of the character posters that will be seen around the country in advance of The Lone Ranger’s July 3 opening.
Hammer is the famous masked gunfighter, alongside Johnny Depp as Tonto.
“In our film, the Lone Ranger is a lot more rugged than in any version of the character we’ve seen in the past,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “This is not your father’s Lone Ranger. And Armie looks great with that 5 o’clock shadow.”
Helena Bonham Carter, who plays a brothel madam who helps the two find a brutal gang of criminals, says the squared-jawed Hammer (The Social Network, J Edgar) fits the famous mask perfectly.
“He makes for one sexy Lone Ranger,” says Bonham Carter.
Depp’s poster shows his unique take on Tonto, who is a Comanche shaman.
“This is not the look you want to wake up to in the middle of the night and see hovering over you,” Depp told USA TODAY from The Lone Ranger set.
Depp’s Tonto is also very much the Lone Ranger’s equal in the new version of the story.
“The poster makes it very clear that this man is a determined warrior with his own very strong and distinct personality,” says Bruckheimer. “The war paint indicates that Tonto is on some kind of mission.”
Even the crow on Depp’s head is “a very important element” in the story,” says Bruckheimer.
It’s all part of re-imagining the Western with the same team behind 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean Depp, Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski.
“To some degree, we’re trying to do for the Western what we did for the pirate movie genre 10 years ago with Pirates of the Caribbean totally refresh and reinvigorate it by respecting the traditions of the genre, but taking it several steps beyond,” says Bruckheimer.
A new trailer for the film will be revealed on April 17, followed by a global Q&A with Depp, Hammer, Bruckheimer and Verbinski.