If you haven’t already seen it courtesy of other, more Johnny-on-the-spot sources of Internet film journalism, then I’m happy to give you the first released glimpse of Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in Disney’s 2013 release, Lone Ranger. From what I’m told, producer Jerry Bruckheimer Tweeted this image just today– which may not be surprising given that filming on the project started this week.
For me, the image first and foremost serves as a reminder that Lone Ranger is actually shooting. I’m not sure that’s really what Bruckheimer had in mind when he got on Twitter earlier in the afternoon, but then again it’s probably good to help the public remember that your much-delayed film– which for a while seemed like it might end up getting tanked– is actually under production. For serious reals.
The second takeaway I have is that while Hammer looks pretty great here, Depp looks like, well, a certain pirate he’s come to be known for playing. Hammer’s got a chiseled, stoic look to him, highly appropriate for the character, so he fits the part even if the rubber face mask is a bit of a gaffe out of time. Strictly speaking, I like Tonto’s look (though I suspect Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski might have used the forces behind Portlandia in making certain design choices), and if another actor had been cast in the role, I might like it even more. But with the rampant hair accessorizing, it’s hard not to look at Tonto and see Captain Jack; I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t intentional, either.