Ever since it was announced that Johnny Depp was going to play Tonto in Disney’s big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger, we’ve said that they’ll need an actor like George Clooney or Brad Pitt to play the title character. Do you know why? Because it’s very hard to stick out on screen when you’re standing next to Depp and there are only a few men who have enough charisma and presence to hold their own regardless of the co-star. Obviously Depp is aware of this because he also has his eye on Clooney and Pitt for the role.

Regarding the casting of The Lone Ranger Depp said, “There’s so many interesting possibilities out there. Brad [Pitt] would be great. [George] Clooney would be great. Don’t know who it’s going to be just yet.” He also went on to say that this film will definitely show Native Americans in a better light. When speaking to Entertainment Tonight he stated, “Native Americans in cinema, over the past however many decades, have been treated somewhat shabbily. This one has plans to rectify that.”

The Lone Ranger character originated on the 1930s radio show of the same name and has seen many screen iterations, including a 1956 Warner Bros. film, a 1981 Universal feature and a 2003 telefilm on the WB starring Chad Michael Murray.

On an interesting side note, does anyone else realize that all three of the actors mentioned here were voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive TWICE!

What do you think of Depp’s casting suggestions?

Additional Source: Collider