Lone Ranger Starts Production In New Mexico With Johnny Depp As Tonto

Johnny Depp has stepped into the role of spirit warrior Tonto as the Lone Ranger movie began shooting in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado this week.

The movie stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Lone Ranger and it reunites Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the same team that created the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Depp also lent his voice to the Oscar winning animated flick Rango which was directed by Verbinski.

Also taking on roles in the movie adaptation of the classic TV series are Tom Wilkinson, John Adams, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Rush Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.

While the movie has just gotten under way the film is expected to reach theaters on May 31, 2013. The film is slated to open on May 31, 2013.

Here’s a synopsis of the Lone Ranger franchise told by Movie Web:

The Lone Ranger is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Here’s to hoping it’s better then other blockbuster westerns we’ve seen in recent years because we don’t need another Cowboys & Aliens or Wild Wild West on our hands.

Are you excited to see what Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and the rest of the Lone Ranger cast can do with the classic TV series?