Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination'  Starring Ethan Hawke SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Tom Wilkinson In Talks To Join Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer In 'The Lone Ranger'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist June 23, 2011 at 12:58PM

There's nothing that can make a director look good in retrospect as someone else coming into the franchise that they birthed and messing it up even more than it already was, and that's what happened to Gore Verbinski in the last month or so. The second and third entries in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series might have been bloated and CGI-heavy (although not without their charms, we'd argue), but they were "Raiders of the Lost Ark" compared to Rob Marshall's recent fourth installment, and if nothing else it's reminded us that Verbinski is a more talented director than many of his tentpole competition.
1


There's nothing that can make a director look good in retrospect as someone else coming into the franchise that they birthed and messing it up even more than it already was, and that's what happened to Gore Verbinski in the last month or so. The second and third entries in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series might have been bloated and CGI-heavy (although not without their charms, we'd argue), but they were "Raiders of the Lost Ark" compared to Rob Marshall's recent fourth installment, and if nothing else it's reminded us that Verbinski is a more talented director than many of his tentpole competition.

The helmer is gearing up to reunite with the Pirates team for "The Lone Ranger," another attempt to give a well-worn genre a supernatural, big-budget spin, reviving the classic pulp character again aided by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and 'Pirates' scribes Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Johnny Depp has long been set to play Native American sidekick Tonto, "The Social Network" breakout Armie Hammer was recently locked into the title role, and now it looks as if they have someone to square off against, as Variety reports that Oscar-nominated British actor Tom Wilkinson is in the early stages of talks to join the project.

If the deal comes through, the actor, last seen in "The Green Hornet" and "The Conspirator," would play a railroad tycoon, a part that it's safe to say would be an antagonist of some kind. In the Elliot/Rossio draft of the script we have, dated March 2009, there's no part directly matching that description, but there's a close one: Landry Cole, a wealthy man aiming to make a killing with a silver mine who *spoiler* Tonto believes is possessed by the Wendigo, a cannibalistic Native American spirit. The script has subsequently been rewritten by Justin Haythe ("Revolutionary Road"), but we imagine Wilkinson will fill a similar role in the finished film.

We'd be lying if we said that we were eagerly anticipating this one, despite our fondness for Verbinski's better work: we've been burned too many times by Depp's recent tentpoles. But that early draft isn't too bad, like "Cowboys & Aliens" a surprisingly straight-laced Western, far less wacky in tone than the 'Pirates' franchise (and we imagine Haythe's involvement hasn't changed that much), Hammer's perfectly cast in the lead, and Wilkinson always improves everything he's in. Filming will get underway in the fall, and the film's set for release on December 21st, 2012, going head to head with another Western, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which follows four days later.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Gore Verbinski, TV Remakes, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, The Lone Ranger


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates