Disney unveiled its first trailer for “The Lone Ranger” on Thursday, giving Comic-Con International attendees the initial look at the studio’s 2013 action-western starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as his partner.
The footage was more a glimpse into the world and look of the film than a plot summary. It focused on a speeding locomotive hurtling down a track through an arid landscape of the Old West. Viewers got to see Depp and Hammer in costume. The two ride together on horseback, and at another point Depp appears to be hanging on the underbelly of the train. (Disney said it would not immediately make the trailer available online.)
The Gore Verbinski-directed film has endured some oddly public budget shoot-outs and will ride against the industry assumption that the Hollywood western long ago rode off into the sunset as a viable popcorn prospect with young audiences.
The crowd of about 6,500 who had assembled in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center for the presentation greeted the “Lone Ranger” trailer enthusiastically. Its unveiling was a bit of a surprise to the fans, as Disney’s panel presentation focused on three other films — the fall releases “Frankenweenie” and “Wreck-It Ralph” and the 2013 title “Oz, the Great and Powerful” — with no discussion of “Lone Ranger.” Disney showed new trailers for Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” and for “Oz,” and showed 10 minutes of footage from “Ralph.”
The panel presentations featured Burton as well as Sam Raimi, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams from “Oz” and John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, voice talent for “Ralph.”
— Gina McIntyre
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