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First Look: Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in ‘The Lone Ranger’

The Lone Ranger
Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer

Hi-yo, Silver! Away!” And with that, production on Disney’s big-budget adaptation of ‘The Lone Ranger‘ is underway in New Mexico and mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer has tweeted the first look at Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in character as Tonto and the Lone Ranger.

It’s, uh…interesting.

Hammer looks appropriately Ranger-y, though picturing him as anything other than a Winklevoss still proves to be a challenge. Depp, on the other hand, has taken some more liberties with Tonto (as Johnny Depp is wont to do). He’s certainly playing up the Native American imagery, what with the breastplate and the feathers. As for the crow on his head and the face paint? Not sure about all that. Also not sure how is how Native Americans will take to Depp playing the classic role (despite the actor’s claims that his great-grandmother grew up Cherokee).

‘The Lone Ranger’ comes to us from Disney, Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski – the same team behind the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ trilogy, so it shouldn’t surprise you there’s a little bit of Jack Sparrow in Depp’s Tonto. And don’t be mistaken: Tonto, despite being the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, is the star of this movie.  Take a look above and see what you think of this modern spin on the classic characters.

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