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So remember yesterday when we were talking about Ryan Gosling potentially joining the cast of The Lone Ranger as its titular masked hero? That was fun, wasn’t it? Well, it’s not happening.
Gosling’s rep confirmed the news to EW.com. There’s no quote or reason given or anything like that, but it doesn’t really matter anymore, does it? Gosling’s out.
Which returns us to the question of who should play the Lone Ranger. I continue to maintain that it shouldn’t be someone too recognizable. The movie’s already got that in the Lone Ranger’s Native American partner Tonto, a role to be played by Johnny Depp. The Ranger sits behind his mask and lives a life of anonymity. Putting someone you can immediately identify in those shoes strips some of that away. Even if the fictional world’s characters don’t know who George Clooney (for example) is, you sure will when you look at him.
Who then should it be? I’d definitely throw Karl Urban’s name out there, as he has proved himself capable of disappearing into his roles on more than one occasion. Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam could be a good one, too, even if he is a little on the young side. What do you readers think?