Trailer Talk: Troubled 'Lone Ranger' Reboot Teases with Potential

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Studios are bringing The Lone Ranger back to the big screen. The studio has just released the first trailer:

Synopsis: Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.


Thoughts: Bruckheimer is a living legend in the producing realm. He has given the world everything from action blockbusters ("The Rock") to swashbuckling tales (the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise). Now, he has re-teamed with his "Pirates" writers, the first film's original director and head "Pirate" Johnny Depp, to throw a re-telling of The Lone Ranger story at audiences.

The shoot for "The Lone Ranger" has been anything but smooth sailing for Walt Disney Studios. The production has been set back by dust and wind storms, a welder died on set, Depp sustained an injury and the budget has reportedly ballooned to somewhere over $250 million. There has also been friction between director Gore Verbinski and the studio. After over 140 days of principal photography, insiders reportedly said that Verbinski "likes to shoot and shoot and shoot." But Depp stuck by his pal director and Bruckheimer, I'm sure, is hoping "The Lone Ranger" has the same unstoppable effect of the first "Pirates" film. Only this time, it'll be six shooters and cowboy hats instead of patches and pirate ships.

As for the trailer itself, it is hard to say. The film certainly looks great as far as costumes and environment goes, but Verbinski has a knack for that (one better hope this movie damn well looks good considering its price tag). Armie Hammer was a strange choice to portray The Lone Ranger and his performance isn't given much attention in the trailer. He's incredibly talented all the same, as evidenced by "J. Edgar" and "The Social Network."

As for Depp ... he looks like Depp. His portrayal of Tonto adds another strange soul to his array of characters. Some of the overhead narration suggests a white guy doing a pretty laughable version of a Native American, but who knows? There's enough talent here to have faith, so let's hope for the best.

"The Lone Ranger" rides into theaters on July 3, 2013.


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