Over the year, we can expect to see Johnny Depp in two highly anticipated films, Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but there’s more where that came from. Depp will also appear in Disney’s big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger, which they’re simply calling Lone Ranger, as Tonto. The actor recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his character and the changes they’ve made to flesh him out.
Regarding the script, Depp says, “What we’ve got so far screenplay-wise is really great, really funny.” He has faith in the production and believes that they can achieve something amazing once they get the film on its feet. One of the biggest concerns the actor had about Tonto, was how he would be written. He doesn’t want to reinforce the stereotypes that have been portrayed throughout the years when it comes to Native Americans.
“I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades. It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think.”
They still haven’t announced who will play The Lone Ranger, but whoever they choose will have to have a great on screen presence. It will be hard to play the lead, when you’ve got someone like Johnny Depp sharing a scene with you. Who could pull it off?
Who do you think should play The Lone Ranger?