Comic-Con: Disney unveils ‘Lone Ranger’ trailer

July 12, 2012 | 5:09 p.m.
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Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the masked man in “The Lone Ranger.” (Disney)

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.)

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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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17 Responses to Comic-Con: Disney unveils ‘Lone Ranger’ trailer

  1. larry waters says:

    Johnny Depp as Tonto?

    Sadly, some things never change.

  2. David B. says:

    Depp didn't want to do the traditional Tonto, and of course it's the right decision. I read that the script of "Lone Ranger" tells the tale from Tonto's point of view. Disney fought Depp on his "Pirates" character, but he sure proved them wrong.

  3. Sophie says:

    Yes because REAL Native Americans pranced around in full Ghost-dance / battle paint while following their "kemosabe" around. Tonto is such a White creation with no basis in reality. And Johnny Depp is about as 'Native' as he is black.

    • Johnny Depp is part Cherokee on his mothers side. He's always been in touch with his Native American heritage. Maybe do some research, before you post things you don't understand.

      • Terry Towne says:

        Leavrilsoleil, you're way off, and it's *you* who need some research. Depp's completely unclear about his heritage. This is a total disgrace, and his "mask of the week" routine has worn thin.

    • Migs says:

      I see the Lone Ranger wearing a mask to protect his identity. If I were a Native American and decided to run around being a vigilante of justice with my white man buddy, I'd wear battle paint to hide my identity and to look more fearsome to whatever baddie I was giving a beating to. But that's just my real world logic operating in a fictional universe…

  4. amanda says:

    Wonder why they wont put it online yet? and when will it be online?

  5. herbl says:

    johnny depp most big actor god of holywood

  6. steve says:

    my comment is its going to be a big flop just like the 1980 film nobody can take the orignal s like clayton moore and jay silverheels and thats the truth

  7. Mike says:

    Johnny Depp as Tonto is like Stallone doing Shakespeare no way……. Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger
    maybe? Don't know much about him. Having lived on several Indian reservations in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado(Ute, Navajo, Apache, Supai, & Hopi reservations) At least these tribe do not ware head dresses of the kind Depp is wearing on a regular basis. Head dress of this type is used for tribal celebrations & ceremonies, again not just they feel like. In addition the Lone Ranger never ever wore a Texas Ranger Badge, he was never a officially a Ranger. I also heard that the Tonto character is being as the "brains" of the team, having the Ranger a secondary figure………NO WAY,…… it's The Lone Ranger movie, not the Tonto movie.

  8. deanna says:

    Its not that serious! its just a movie if you want real facts watch the history channel. Hes redoing a part with respect to Native Americans without completely changing the character. and yes he is a bit unclear about his heritage but Cherokee is a certain one.

    • April says:

      OMG!! Who isn't Cherokee???? I'm so sick of everyone conveniently claiming to be Native American when ever it suits them. I am Navajo, and have a CIB to prove it. As far as I'm concerned if you don't have one then your NOT Native American.

  9. Dayna says:

    First of all as a child of the '70s who LOVED the Lone Ranger I am just glad it is being remade…this isn't an homage to the show we remembered…I think it will be more quirky and comical and I welcome any form to at least get my kids to see a little of TV nostalgia…and PUHleeze! stop bashing on actors portraying people who are not of their direct culture…geez they are actors! Keira Knightley isn't russian…and Emma Watson isn't American…ect. ect. If you don't like what you think is being made save your money and see something else.

  10. Chris says:

    I think Johnny Depp looks hilarious in that getup! The are making it as a comedy, right?

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