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Watch: First Trailer For 'The Lone Ranger' Features A Whole Bunch Of Trains, Surprisingly Little Johnny Depp

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by Oliver Lyttelton
October 3, 2012 6:08 AM
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If last year's "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" proved anything, it's that perhaps Gore Verbinski had got a rough ride. The second and third movies of the Disney mega-franchise may have been bloated, indulgent and sometimes uninvolving, but they looked like masterpieces compared to Rob Marshall's fourth installment, which lacked the inventiveness, weirdness and... well, competent directing of Verbinski's original trilogy. And let's not forget that the first film remains one of the best summer blockbusters of the 21st century so far.

Now, a decade on from "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl," and six years since Verbinski departed the franchise, the director is back, reuniting with star Johnny Depp, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio for "The Lone Ranger," another prospective blockbuster that hopes to give new energy to a dormant genre. The film just wrapped after a tumultuous production that included a temporary delay to bring the budget down, only for it to soar again once shooting got underway. On top of a host of images and photos, the first trailer has now arrived via Comic Book Movie, giving the first proper glimpse at the film.

From what we can tell, it's the same clip that premiered at Comic-Con back in July, placing an emphasis on the plot, which revolves around the coming of the railroad to the old West, as brought by villain Tom Wilkinson (heard, but not seen), with Armie Hammer's Ranger and Depp's KISS-make-up-wearing Tonto facing off against him.

The tone certainly seems to be more serious than the Pirates movies, and if any of the supernatural elements from earlier script drafts remain, they're played down in the promo, but there's plenty of big-scale action, mostly on-rails, to be seen. What's perhaps most surprising is that the clip doesn't revolve around Depp in the way you might imagine it would, which bodes reasonably well for the film itself. That said, while we're not against what we're seeing here particularly, it'll take a bit more than this to really get our hopes properly raised. Although maybe that's for the best?

"The Lone Ranger" also stars Helena Bonham-Carter, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, James Frain, W. Earl Brown, Harry Treadaway and Damon Herriman, and opens on July 3rd, 2013.

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11 Comments

  • MJ | October 3, 2012 11:07 PMReply

    After Rango, Gore Verbinski+Johnny Depp+Western shouldn't be questioned, this is far more distinctive looking than I expected though, in terms of the visual style.

  • triguous | October 3, 2012 8:39 PMReply

    Still too much Depp.

  • padre | October 3, 2012 5:34 PMReply

    It looks amazing. It looks huge and adventurous. It looks like a billion dollar movie. Disney has a winner on its hands. People need to stop complaining about Johnny in face paint. You don't tell Marilyn Monroe to stop being sexy, or John Wayne stop doing Westerns. This is Johnny's zone. This is why he is a Superstar.

  • holly | October 3, 2012 1:47 PMReply

    I'm tired of actors like Depp phoning it in. Thank god the industry is starting to see its brilliant original actors like Cumberbatch thats the future. Not ones that recycle the same old rubbish.

  • Real | October 3, 2012 1:36 PMReply

    Wasn't expecting much but this looks pretty fantastic. I like how they are going to focus on the railroad. Great cast and Wilkinson sounds great even if we can't see him..wonder why they didn't mention Helena Bonham-Carter though? Maybe her role is small?

  • XRIJ | October 3, 2012 1:19 PMReply

    It looks amazing and i love Johnny's portrayal of Tonto!!!It doesn't look offensive at all...i will definitely go to see it.I trust Johnny and Gore!!

  • shark | October 3, 2012 12:16 PMReply

    Oooh, looks nice, actually. Johnny Depp doesn't look embarrassing or offensive as Tonto. And...fuck yes, those train sequences look incredible.

  • Tom | October 3, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    I do love the Verbinski joint "Mousehunt."

  • Me | October 3, 2012 10:57 AMReply

    If this movie is even a "little" as good as the last Depp/Verbinski collaboration, Rango, then "Lone Ranger" might be a classic!!

    And the trailer, looks promising

  • Monica | October 3, 2012 9:10 AMReply

    wild wild west 2.0

  • jimmiescoffee | October 3, 2012 8:50 AMReply

    i've always considered Verbinski to be a very competent, at times underrated, filmmaker. but i'm afraid for this considering all of disneys recent live action stuff.

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