Disney released this first look photo of stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer as Tonto and John Reid, respectively, in THE LONE RANGER.
Given director Gore Verbinski‘s connection to Disney’s PIRATES film franchise, it’s a little hard not to compare Tonto’s character design to Jack Sparrow even though this “spirit warrior” likely has a much more serious personal journey ahead of him. As Reid, Hammer appears stalwart, his black suit contrasting his white hat suggesting some complexity in this hero’s character and story. Rightly so, Reid’s black eye mask makes the subtle ancestral connection to his eventual descendant Britt Reid who dons a similar mask as the Green Hornet.
Here’s Disney’s quick blurb on the film due in theaters May 2013:
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski comes Disney/Bruckheimer Films’ THE LONE RANGER. Tonto (Johnny Depp), a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid (Armie Hammer), a lawman who has become a masked avenger.