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Once upon a time, before it was briefly derailed by a staggering budget north of $260 million, Gore Verbinski’s Lone Ranger was rumored to include werewolves and creatures Native American myths, which led fans — and, no doubt, Disney executives — to nervously wring their hands. However, those supernatural elements were jettisoned, along with some other pricey components, in an effort to whittle costs down to a more manageable $215 million.
But just how outlandish are those parts of The Lone Ranger that remain? Not very, it turns out. In fact, an early synopsis included in a casting call for New Mexico actors, is pretty straightforward — surprisingly so, considering the Western reunites the Pirates of the Caribbean team of Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp:
Left for dead in an ambush with five other Texas Rangers, lawman John Reid (Armie Hammer) survives and is nursed back to health by an Indian scout named Tonto (Johnny Depp). He then dons a mask to avenge the murders of his comrades and to foil evil doers, never accepting payment for his services. His gratis vigilantism is made possible by the silver mine he inherits from one of his slain brothers – the same mine that affords him an endless supply of his trademark silver bullets.
The tidbit about they silver mine seems superfluous, but, hey, it’s still early.
The Lone Ranger, which is also stars Ruth Wilson, Tim Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, Dwight Yoakam and James Badge Dale, is expected to begin filming in mid-February for a May 31, 2013, release.