‘Lone Ranger’: Masked man need not be a star, says Bruckheimer

May 09, 2011 | 4:06 p.m.

lone ranger movie logo1 Lone Ranger: Masked man need not be a star, says Bruckheimer

The actor who will ride alongside Johnny Depp’s Tonto in “Lone Ranger” has big boots to fill, but he probably won’t be an established star, according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

“You want somebody who can do the humor and somebody who’s attractive and charismatic,” said Bruckheimer, of casting the iconic masked man in the upcoming Disney reboot. “But I think it will be somebody who’s not that well known. That’s my guess.”

Armie Hammer in "The Social Network."

Armie Hammer in "The Social Network." (Merrick Morton / Columbia Tristar)

Bruckheimer’s “guess” would support the rumors that Armie Hammer, the square-jawed newcomer who played the old-moneyed Winklevoss twins in David Fincher’s Oscar-winning drama “The Social Network,” is a front-runner for the title role.

The producer is busy this month promoting that other Depp movie, due in theaters May 20 — “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — the fourth in the so far $2.68-billion franchise and the first to be directed by Rob Marshall instead of Gore Verbinski.

Bruckheimer and Verbinski will join forces again on “Lone Ranger,” which Verbinski has said will be ” ‘Don Quixote’ told from Sancho Panza’s point of view.”

“It’ll be kind of a dramedy,” Bruckheimer said of the western’s tone. “It’ll have a lot of fun to it.  Johnny’s gonna create a really fascinating character like he did with Captain Jack. He’s got a real vision for it.”

Writer Fran Striker originated the characters of the Lone Ranger and his loyal Native American companion for radio in 1933, launching a franchise that would grow to include comic books and movies and peak in popularity with a 1950s TV series starring Clayton Moore as the ranger.

“I think it’s time to bring the western back,” Bruckheimer said. “If we don’t do it, somebody else will. Don’t forget eight years ago the media was saying we were crazy to do a pirate movie, that they’d all failed and especially a pirate movie about a theme park ride. You can’t do that. And look what happened.”

— Rebecca Keegan




7 Responses to ‘Lone Ranger’: Masked man need not be a star, says Bruckheimer

  1. GassyDrainage says:

    Let's think about this one for a minute; the last time this was done for a Lone Ranger movie, it gave us Klinton Spillsbury. No kidding: Klinton Spillsbury.

  2. Barb says:

    Forever and Always….Clayton Moore

  3. James says:

    There will always be one true "Lone Ranger" and that is Clayton Moore. All the rest are only copies.
    "Who was that masked man? "Why, he's the "Lone Ranger" "Hi Yo Silver, Away"

  4. R. Ward says:

    I am 75 years of age, and I still like to watch an original Lone Ranger Movie. I speaking of the original 30 minute episodes. I also watched the recent Lone Ranger Movie on cable, and it is bad, bad, bad. It seems that anything Jerry B produces, is a winner. Anxious to see this movie.

  5. Dave says:

    I wish i still had my Silver Bullet that i sent for YEARS ago while listening to The Lone Ranger on radio. You could open it and hide secret messages inside.

  6. Charles Byrne says:

    Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights @ 7:30 on KHJ radio in L.A. The Lone Ranger and his faithful Indian companion Tonto. Sponsored by Weber's Bread. The program opened with the announcer saying, " come with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, the Lone Ranger rides again". Then the sounds of hoofbeats and the Lone Ranger calling out, "Hi Yo Silver".. Silver was the Rangers white stallion, Tonto would then say, Get 'em up Scout:. Scout was Tonto's horse. After the bad guys were vanquished the Lone Ranger and Tonto would ride off and one of the locals would ask, "who was that masked man?" and another would say, "why don't you know? that's the Lone Ranger". He used silver bullets and often left one of them as a calling card. Charlie B.

  7. Stephan Pickering says:

    Shalom & Erev tov…I'll never forget, over 50 years ago, as a young boy here in Karloffornia, meeting Clayton Moore…he was (like Jay Silverheels…who was NOT an Uncle Tom) a dedicated actor, who took seriously the Lone Ranger credo…people laugh now, but Mr Moore knew (as we all knew then…and now) that decency and honour and honesty and doing good ('do-gooder' was a credo, not a curse) are what keeps a community a communalism. People forget the barriers Moore/Silverheels broke down with their anti-racism stories; there was no unwarranted violence. I think Mr Deep is a joke.
    STEPHAN PICKERING / Chofetz Chayim ben-Avraham
    Goddess Jew / Apikoros Spiritist

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