LONE RANGER Casting Call Reveals Plot Details

The plot synopsis that accompanies a casting call for the Lone Ranger sheds new light on the plot, has no mention of werewolves or the occult.

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By Mark Julian - 12/8/2011

Source: Acting Auditions

An official casting call has gone out for Disney's Lone Ranger production and contains some key information.

-An open casting call is scheduled for December 11, 2011
-The production is seeking an 8-10 yr old boy for a key role
-Filming will take place in New Mexico from February 13, 2012 thru July 14, 2012

Also, a brief synopsis of the plot was revealed:
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 evildoers, never accepting payment for his services. His gratis vigilantism is made possible by the silver mine he inherits from his slain brothers - the same mine that affords him his endless supply of trademark silver bullets.


It was previously reported that the Lone Ranger would be using silver bullets to fight werewolves but it appears the silver bullet aspect of the film has been rewritten to make it a tribute to his fallen comrades.



In March 2002, Columbia Pictures announced their intention to make a Lone Ranger film with Classic Media, who owned the film rights at the time. Husband and wife producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher joined the project. The tone was to be similar to The Mask of Zorro, and Columbia suggested that Tonto be re-written as a female love interest. The projected budget was set at $70 million. In May 2003, David and Janet Peoples were hired to write the script. By January 2005, the Peoples script was rewritten by Laeta Kalogridis, with Jonathan Mostow to direct.

The Lone Ranger languished in development hell. In January 2007, The Weinstein Company was interested in purchasing the film rights from Classic Media.[30] However, the deal fell through, and Entertainment Rights eventually optioned the property. By May 2007, producer Jerry Bruckheimer (alongside Entertainment Rights) set The Lone Ranger up at Walt Disney Pictures. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who had worked with Bruckheimer and Disney on the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, were being considered to write the script. In late March 2008, Elliott and Rossio were in final negotiations. Disney then announced in September 2008 that Johnny Depp would be portraying Tonto.

The Elliot/Rossio script had a supernatural tone, and has since been rewritten by Justin Haythe. In May 2009, Mike Newell, who was then directing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Bruckheimer and Disney, entered negotiations to direct The Lone Ranger.[36] However, Bruckheimer explained the following June that he wanted to wait on hiring a director until Newell completed Prince of Persia, and until Depp finished filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. "The priority is most definitely Pirates 4," Bruckheimer commented. "They are going to cast the title role once they get a director and Disney greenlights. We don't have a director yet." In September of 2010, Gore Verbinski was hired to direct. Filming was slated to begin after Depp finished work in Dark Shadows. Actor Armie Hammer will play the role of The Lone Ranger. It was announced in July 2011 that British actress Ruth Wilson has been cast as Rebecca, the female lead in the movie. Dwight Yoakam, Helena Bonham Carter and Barry Pepper are all currently in negotiations for the movie.

On August 12, 2011, Disney announced that production on The Lone Ranger would be delayed due to budget concerns. However, on August 15, 2011, it was revealed that The Lone Ranger had been shelved for the foreseeable future due to said budgetary concerns, as well as the under-performance of another Western-genre film, Cowboys & Aliens.

On October 13th, 2011, Disney confirmed that Johnny Depp's The Lone Ranger is back on track with a projected release date of May 31st, 2013.




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Greengo - 12/8/2011, 6:30 AM
Yippi ki yay
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 6:31 AM
I'm probably the only person who wants werewolves in this movie.

It makes sense to me! Silver bullets=Werewolves
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 6:47 AM





Watsooon - 12/8/2011, 6:54 AM
naaa that makes two of us ;) might not be worth seeing without werewolves :/
FrankGarret - 12/8/2011, 7:08 AM
Silver bullets for human evildoers?

What the.. I don't even..

John Reid is the 1%.
Jackwagon - 12/8/2011, 7:11 AM
What are you guys, eight?! There are no werewolves in the Lone Ranger! My guess is that you guys are the only ones that liked the Jonah Hex movie too because it had zombies. It needs to be a good ole classic style western with a lot of action and a lot of Johnny Depp humor, nothing more.....
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 7:16 AM
Jackwagon: (fitting name)

Did anyone like Jonah Hexx? Lmao

Also werewolves/shapeshifters are prevalent in some Native American cultures.
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 7:17 AM
@Nomis: lol!

What can I say. Snakes and werewolves are the only two things that really freak me out : )
hoodedjester - 12/8/2011, 7:24 AM
They're still going ahead with this?

I'll be surprised if they ever get around to actually shooting it
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 7:38 AM
NOMIS: look away!



Greengo - 12/8/2011, 7:42 AM
Now that you mention it, they are kinda creepy : )

djKiDDvIcIOUs - 12/8/2011, 7:42 AM
Ya this has FAIL written all over it...
Jolt17 - 12/8/2011, 7:45 AM
Never been a Lone Ranger expert, but that sounds pretty nice in my ears.
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 7:46 AM





whatevillurks - 12/8/2011, 7:53 AM
Good. No Wherewolves means I'm in. Now have the native american missionary from Hell on Wheels play Tonto. "Who was that masked man?"
Ranger14 - 12/8/2011, 7:53 AM
Werewolves do not = Lone Ranger. It makes zero sense to have werewolves in a Lone Ranger. Lone Ranger's purpose for using silver bullets is much more symbolic than using them to shoot something like a werewolf.
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 8:04 AM
I think werewolves would be classified in the horror genre not sci-fi.

SGA - 12/8/2011, 8:08 AM
They may still include the werewolves, not that I'm rooting for it. Everyone knows Hollywood doesn't always give an accurate synopsis for the casting call when it doesn't want something leaked out. So it may be a stretch, but there's still a possibility for the werewolves and they're trying to keep it hush-hush.

Besides, who said the silver bullets can't be in honor of his comrades, but also conveniently happen to be certified werewolf killers.
Dedpool - 12/8/2011, 8:15 AM
Not bad!! The dynamite comics version is really good too!
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 8:16 AM
@Scorpion: lmao!

RoyalUsher - 12/8/2011, 8:17 AM
Man, if this Lone Ranger movie doesn't have Werewolves then I'm not supporting it.
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 8:21 AM
I defer to Ranger14's obvious experience in the realm of the Ranger.
comicb00kguy - 12/8/2011, 8:35 AM
I'd play this film as like a "buddy cop" film set in the Old West. Lots of action, some good one-liners to break dramatic tension where appropriate, and nothing ridiculous like werewolves or giant mechanical spiders.

As for flying squirrels, they are pretty creepy with the exception of ones that associate with talking moose.
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 8:49 AM
WEREWOLVES ARE NOT RIDICULOUS SIR!
preacher - 12/8/2011, 9:27 AM
Ok, these days I'm more of a Batman, Preacher, Walking Dead, Lobo, Deadman fan, but there was a time, in my youth, when I was huge fanatic of The Lone Ranger. I absolutely loved the Clinton Spilsbury/Christopher Lloyd version from the 80's, altho now days it is a bit cheesy, but I thought it was beautifully filmed and really stuck to the source material.

The silver bullets are used for two reasons: the silver makes the bullets fly straighter/truer AND silver is the age old method of combating evil. THATS why he uses silver bullets. Where the idea of werewolves came into this I have no idea but, as intriguing as that idea sounds, I'm so glad that they are sticking closer to the source material.

Now, with that being said, I would be VERY interested in reading a graphic novel involving The Lone Ranger and werewolves! Someone mentioned Native Americans and shape-shifters...that COULD work as a pretty cool comic!
HelaGood - 12/8/2011, 9:49 AM
yes! now THAT sounds better than fricking werewolves!!
Shaman - 12/8/2011, 9:55 AM
Never was a fan of his so i wouldn't mind werewolves. I just hope they'll have shit loads more of mysticism to offer than merely werewolves if they ever choose to use them. The native american culture is so rich and it would be awesome to have a lone caucasian ranger being forcibly immersed in ALL of it.
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 10:29 AM
Nomis: lmao!

Mechagino - 12/8/2011, 11:03 AM
Oh hell yeah, if they make it a lot like Dynamite Entertainment's Lone Ranger then I'm sold.
GUNSMITH - 12/8/2011, 11:04 AM
YOU KNOW TONTO IN INDIAN TRANSLATES TO (NOT SO BRIGHT)
Shaman - 12/8/2011, 11:07 AM
Nomis- And with the help of newly found friend Lone Ranger, he then goes through an excruciating Weapon X type program that'll coat his scissor hands with indestructible silver.

That's epic in the making.
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 11:21 AM
Wow. You guys are geniuses.

Talk about some spontaneous fan-fic.

O_O
Greengo - 12/8/2011, 11:27 AM
AND Tonto rides a spotted Jaberwocky into battle.
Shaman - 12/8/2011, 12:33 PM
Man... sure makes the source seem... underwhelming :P
headlopper - 12/8/2011, 1:47 PM
@Greengo- Hilarious!
ChaosLord - 12/8/2011, 3:02 PM
There is zero supernatural affiliated with the iconic and awesome Lone Ranger. I am 100% behind a good movie, since nothing has been decent since the 50s...but stick to the original concept and do not screw it up with stupid ideas.
JustinMSalvato - 12/8/2011, 3:21 PM
Lone Ranger creed:
I believe...
- that to have a friend, a man must be one.

- that all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

- that God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.

- in being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

- that a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

- that 'this government of the people, by the people, and for the people' shall live always.

- that men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

- that sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

- that all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

- in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
JustinMSalvato - 12/8/2011, 3:23 PM
The Lone Ranger uses silver bullets, to remind himself that life is precious and, like his silver bullets, not to be wasted or thrown away.
plasticman - 12/8/2011, 3:35 PM
Bravo! You finally are telling the story of the Lone Ranger and not Twilight: Old West.

You have to thank Cowboys and Aliens for meshing an unlikely genre to the old west and making a financial screw up out of it for convincing Disney that sometimes the best story is the original story.
95 - 12/8/2011, 3:43 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing Werewolves.

This news does not excite me.
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