Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in 'The Lone Ranger' (Photo: Walt Disney Pictures)
"There come a time, Kemosabe, when good man must wear mask."
The first trailer was just released for "The Lone Ranger," the big-budget cinematic adaptation of the classic Western hero with the white hat and black mask. And the footage gives the first snippet of how Johnny Depp sounds as the Ranger's faithful Native American companion, Tonto.
Depp drew a lot of attention when the first photos of his costumed look as Tonto were released. In a radical departure from how the character looked on the '50s TV series, Depp sports white-and-black facepaint and wears a stuffed crow on his head. But his voice in the role is not that far removed from how Jay Silverheels spoke as Tonto on the show. Depp's tone is much deeper than we're used to hearing, and he does use the character's famously broken English.
Watch the trailer for 'The Lone Ranger':
While the movie is still called "The Lone Ranger," Tonto is more than just a sidekick. Depp told Entertainment Weekly that when he watched the show as a child, he "knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick." In developing the movie version, Depp said he wanted to "reinvent" the dynamic between the Ranger and Tonto "to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans... and turn it on its head." Depp himself has traces of Native American heritage in his ancestry, and he was recently adopted as an honorary member of the Comanche tribe.
This new "Lone Ranger" reunites Depp with the director, producer, and screenwriters of the original "Pirates of the Carribean" trilogy. The trailer shows that the crew looks to be transporting their gigantic, effects-heavy action sequences to the Old West, but with steam engines instead of pirate ships. The newcomer to the group is the man behind the mask himself, Armie Hammer, who audiences know as the Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network" and the charming Prince in "Mirror Mirror." Notably, Hammer actually doesn't speak in this new trailer, but he sure can wear a hat.
Also starring Tom Wilkinson, Helena Bonham-Carter and Barry Pepper, "The Lone Ranger" will gallop into theaters on July 3, 2013.
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