‘The Lone Ranger’ rides again in new trailer, but not classic Lone Ranger theme

Armie Hammer gets some love in latest 'The Lone Ranger' trailer
Armie Hammer gets some love in latest ‘The Lone Ranger’ trailer

Who is that masked man?

Armie Hammer finally gets some attention as the title character in Disney’s upcoming western, The Lone Ranger.

Johnny Depp’s turn as Tonto (a white guy playing an Indian, because apparently there weren’t any real Indians available to take on the role) has been getting all the press so far, both in the official photo that was released earlier this year and the first teaser trailer.

Johnny Depp is all painted up in 'The Lone Ranger' trailer
Johnny Depp is all painted up in ‘The Lone Ranger’ trailer

This expanded trailer gives us a hint at what the story will be like, with looks at the backstory to both the Ranger and Tonto, and includes many of the Gore Verbinski touches that helped make Pirates of the Caribbean such a unique treat (although I would say that Verbinski is really just a more successful version of Terry Gilliam).

I did find the lack of the classic Lone Ranger theme in this trailer a little disappointing, although it was nice to see the old “Hi Ho Silver” pose (even though you don’t hear Hammer actually say the words).


The Lone Ranger and Silver strike a pose in both 2013's 'The Lone Ranger' and 1981's 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger'
The Lone Ranger and Silver strike a pose in both 2013’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ and 1981’s ‘The Legend of the Lone Ranger’

The last time there was a movie about the masked avenger, they used the peppy theme to the hilt. In fact, when I went back to watch the trailer for 1981’s The Legend of the Lone Ranger, I found there were some funny similarities.

Both feature a character with a rather large beard, both have trains, both highlight the horse, Silver, and include a nice close-up of a silver bullet. Both also have a large amount of guns and explosions.

Silver bullets sparkle in both the 1981 trailer for 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger' (left) and the 2013 trailer for 'The Lone Ranger'
Silver bullets sparkle in both the 1981 trailer for ‘The Legend of the Lone Ranger’ (left) and the 2013 trailer for ‘The Lone Ranger’
Big beards in 'The Lone Ranger' and 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger' in the form of Tom Wilkinson (left) and Jason Robards
Big beards in ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘The Legend of the Lone Ranger’ in the form of Tom Wilkinson (left) and Jason Robards
Ladies love the Lone Ranger in 1981's 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger' (the late Juanin Clay) and 2013's 'The Lone Ranger' (Helena Bonham Carter)
Ladies love the Lone Ranger in 1981’s ‘The Legend of the Lone Ranger’ (the late Juanin Clay) and 2013’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ (Helena Bonham Carter)

The Lone Ranger hits screens July 3, 2013.

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