Depp playing Tonto in Lone Ranger
I'm rather surprised, and I'm not sure if it's because I now expect this from Johnny Depp and his career is going this way, or because he's decided to take on this role even though he's Johnny Depp. I think it really depends on how the film turns out and which way the film plays it.
There's no Lone Ranger chosen as yet, but Jerry Bruckheimer has his Tonto, and when he tells us the comparisons to Pirates of the Caribbean, I think we know exactly where the film is headed.
You see Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that Johnny Depp will be playing Tonto in the upcoming film version of The Lone Ranger, and I guess that brings with it a few other surprises, first that the rumour of the film was real, and second that Depp is taking the second role in the film.
If you think about that, the fact that Depp is taking the co-star role, you have to realise that either Tonto is going to be the real lead of the film, or that The Lone Ranger is going to be played by an equally as big name.
Here's what Bruckheimer had to say about the film, but not before he revealed that he expected Depp to do for Tonto what he did with Captain Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Now that doesn't mean that the film is going to be like Pirates, but that the character reinvention is going to be like that, and that might lead you to think that there's going to be plenty of humour and that the film and character are going to be a complete reimagining.
”[Pirates writers Ted] Elliot and [Terry] Rossio worked on that also with some other writers and with Johnny [Depp]...So they're creating something that has a kind of true-to-the-western [feel], but adding other additional elements like we did with Pirates so it won't be just a straight-ahead western.”
However according to his comments through SciFiWire, the choice for the Lone Ranger himself has not been made, they have a wish list, but it just depends who has a free slate when the film comes to the shooting.
Now that comment makes me think that they're basing everything around Johnny Depp's schedule, and that would suggest he is the lead, don't you think?
If we take the idea of the Lone Ranger back to the roots we're talking about a masked cowboy vigilante and his Indian sidekick, it's a superhero partnership in a Western setting. For me that just doesn't work, both cowboy films and superhero films have evolved too far, but then I might have once said that of films about pirates.
What do you think of the Long Ranger?