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.
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 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.
The Lone Ranger hits screens July 3, 2013.