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Slashing about $45 million from the budget of The Lone Ranger was only the beginning of the struggle to put Disney’s derailed Western back on track. Now director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are busy reassembling the supporting cast so the film can start production in February.
Deadline reports Disney has already sealed a deal with Ruth Wilson (The Prisoner, Luther) to star alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, and is now focusing on veteran actor Tom Wilkinson to play the villain Latham Cole.
According to the website, Disney is also negotiating deals with Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, Dwight Yoakam, who initially entered talks in July, as well as James Badge Dale.
The Lone Ranger rides into theaters May 31, 2013.