Hi-yo, Jack Sparrow! Away!: First Look at The Lone Ranger

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. 

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16 thoughts on “Hi-yo, Jack Sparrow! Away!: First Look at The Lone Ranger

  1. 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. ——– I thought the same thing last night when I looked at it.

    It would make since though. I’ve heard this movie is 200 million plus when it comes to budget.

    • That was the projected budget before Disney got scared over Cowboys & Aliens‘ poor box office take. Since then the budget’s been scaled back to roughly $70 million, though that could also be off and probably won’t take into account how much they put into marketing.

  2. Hammer looks good, though more menacing than Clayton Moore was (and is that a noose instead of a kerchief?)

    Depp… is pissing me off in the way that I expected when they cast him and when he claimed to be part Cherokee (which he very probably isn’t.)

    • Depp’s at a point in his career where he can do just about anything and make money, but he hasn’t done anything legitimately good in ages. I don’t even think he needs to. Which is a shame because he is talented, and yet fate has led him to a place where he can kind of just coast.

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