After plenty of problems with an ever-ballooning budget that almost saw Disney scrap the film, The Lone Ranger is finally shooting, and to prove it, Jerry Bruckheimer has tweeted the first image from the set, showing a bemasked Armie Hammer as the title character, alongside Johnny Depp as Tonto (Depp now only signs onto movies if they promise he can wear completely OTT costumes).
According to Disney, ‘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.’
And I don’t know the politics of this, but is it not racist if Depp pretends to be a Native American, but it would be if he blacked up? It’s all very confusing.