The Lone Ranger

June 06, 2013 | 1:22 p.m.

‘Lone Ranger’ play set coming to ‘Disney Infinity’ video game

Wild West-loving gamers can take the reins as the Lone Ranger or Tonto in the newest “Disney Infinity” play set, revealed Thursday. Inspired by Disney’s upcoming film “The Lone Ranger,” a reboot of the classic radio show and TV series, the Disney Infinity figurines are cuter versions of their live-action counterparts — Armie Hammer as the masked ex-Texas Ranger and Johnny Depp as his American Indian sidekick. (Click through the gallery above for a peek at the characters.) Each “Disney Infinity” figurine contains a complete story, allowing the characters to be “transported” into the game — a concept similar to the massively popular video game franchise “Skylanders.” The action figures store players’ game progress and settings. Players also have access to a Toy Box mode — a sandbox in which gamers can build their own worlds and share them with […]
April 17, 2013 | 2:12 p.m.

‘Lone Ranger’ trailer showcases Johnny Depp, frontier action-adventure

The latest trailer for “The Lone Ranger” is out, and it’s heavy on frontier action, with scenes of speeding locomotives, arid Western vistas, shootouts and one giant explosion, not to mention lots of chummy camaraderie between Armie Hammer’s title character and Johnny Depp’s Tonto. A cheeky Helena Bonham Carter also turns in an appearance. The new clip helps relate the story of how the masked man came to acquire his white hat, his best friend and his thirst for justice and suggests the same kind of comedy-inflected action-adventure that has helped make the Depp-led “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise so valuable for Disney. Set for release July 3, “The Lone Ranger” sees Depp team up again with his frequent collaborator, director Gore Verbinski. The pair worked on three of Disney’s ultra-successful “Pirates” films in addition to the acclaimed animated release […]
April 17, 2013 | 12:45 p.m.

‘Lone Ranger’: Watch Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer live from Las Vegas

The latest trailer for “The Lone Ranger” is set to be unveiled this afternoon, with stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer participating in a live stream discussion about the clip and the movie, which will kick off at 1 p.m. PDT. Watch it here: The promotional event comes on the heels of a new wave of character posters the studio released Tuesday — you can see them in the gallery above — and is part of Las Vegas’ CinemaCon, the annual exhibitors’ conference where the studios court the affection of movie theater owners across the country with elaborate presentations for their upcoming films. So far, the projects that have had a turn in the spotlight have included Paramount’s “World War Z” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and Warner Bros.’ “Pacific Rim” and “Man […]
Feb. 03, 2013 | 9:06 p.m.

‘Iron Man 3’: Super Bowl spot leads pack of Disney’s latest Marvels

How many Iron Men does it take to save 13 people plummeting earthward after a plane breaks apart in midair? Granted, it’s kind of a trick question, seeing as how there is only one Tony Stark, but the passengers’ plight made for a gripping Super Bowl teaser touting the May 3 release of “Iron Man 3.” Although “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” director Shane Black’s first entry in the Marvel series looks heavy on the action, the Robert Downey Jr. vehicle wasn’t the only upcoming blockbuster to get airtime during the big game, with new spots debuting for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “World War Z” and “Snitch,” among other films. In all, Disney promoted three of its new releases, with “The Lone Ranger” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful” joining “Iron Man 3” as part of the promotional onslaught. With its […]
Jan. 29, 2013 | 10:27 a.m.

‘Lone Ranger’: Johnny Depp rides tall in clip from Super Bowl spot

Disney trotted out a brief 20 seconds of its new 90-second spot for “The Lone Ranger” on Tuesday morning, hoping to stoke interest in the Old West action-adventure that sees Johnny Depp’s painted Tonto riding alongside Armie Hammer’s masked man. The full clip will premiere Sunday during the Super Bowl pregame show. The film, set for release July 3, sees Depp team up again with his frequent collaborator, director Gore Verbinski — the pair worked on three of Disney’s ultra-successful “Pirates” films in addition to the acclaimed animated release “Rango.” Verbinski told Hero Complex in 2011 that he’s interested in a sly, somewhat subversive version of the classic Old West adventure that presents the “faithful Indian companion” as the wry central voice of the story. The plot centers on the advent of the railroad in the American West, and hijackings that […]
March 08, 2012 | 9:40 a.m.

‘Lone Ranger’ first look: Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer saddle up

The buccaneer genre was a Hollywood castaway before Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer proved the skeptics wrong with their “Pirates of the Caribbean” mega-success — now the same trio and rising star Armie Hammer want to disprove the conventional view that Westerns are snakebit when it comes to attracting young moviegoers. Producer Bruckheimer used Twitter on Thursday morning to give the world the first look at director Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger,” the Disney film that overcame 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. Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens” experiment didn’t do anything to change that view, although Verbinski’s “Rango” put up an animated argument against the perception. The photo shows Depp as Tonto — described by Disney as “a spirit warrior on a personal quest” — and […]
Aug. 17, 2011 | 10:47 a.m.

Disney’s 2012: ‘Brave,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘John Carter’

“The Avengers,”  “Brave” and “John Carter”  are coming to Anaheim this weekend. The three-day D23 Expo 2011 opens Friday with previews and promotions representing every corner of the Mouse’s universe but the brightest of all spotlights will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday when Walt Disney Studios begins a preview of upcoming film projects that will include movies from Disney proper as well as Pixar and, for the first time at the Expo, Marvel Studios. At the first Expo, back in September 2009, the same preview program in the Anaheim Convention Center’s arena included appearances by Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage, and you can expect a similar parade of famous faces this year as Disney looks to further establish the D23 event as its own in-house version of Comic-Con International’s Hall H — the place where Hollywood studios reach out to fans, bloggers and the media […]
May 17, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.

‘Lone Ranger’: Armie Hammer of ‘Social Network’ poised to wear mask

Armie Hammer
When it came to the Lone Ranger, the classic question was “Who was that masked man?”  — but for some casual moviegoers on Tuesday the query might be “Who is that actor?” That’s because the news is spreading that Armie Hammer will portray the mysterious hero of the Old West in the new adventure film from Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a film that will star Johnny Depp as Tonto and have Gore Verbinski in the director’s seat. Disney insiders say the deal is not 100% done but that the contracts are being written. For Hollywood insiders it’s not a shock that Hammer, who turned heads with his dual performance as the Winklevoss twins in “The Social Network,” got the role (after all, the rumors have been well circulated) but for less-immersed film fans the decision might seem like a big head scratcher. You can […]
May 09, 2011 | 4:06 p.m.

‘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.” 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 […]
Feb. 17, 2011 | 12:30 p.m.

‘Lone Ranger’: Johnny Depp won’t be traditional Tonto, director says [Updated]

Johnny Depp will play Tonto when the Disney version of “The Lone Ranger” finally gallops into theaters, but don’t expect him to be a typical second-saddle sidekick. Director Gore Verbinski — who has made four films with Depp — said he’s interested in a sly, somewhat subversive version of the classic Old West adventure that presents the “faithful Indian companion” as the wry central voice of the story. “The only version of ‘The Lone Ranger’ I’m interested in doing is ‘Don Quixote’ told from Sancho Panza’s point of view,” Verbinski said Tuesday. “And hence I was honest early on with Johnny that Tonto is the part. We’re not going to do it [straight], everyone knows that story. I don’t want to tell that story.” I visited Verbinski’s office on the Universal lot to talk about “Rango,” the animated film that arrives on March […]
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