Armie Hammer Cast as Lone Ranger!

Entertainment May. 18, 2011 AT 2:53PM
Armie Hammer Cast as Lone Ranger! Credit: Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection; John Shearer/Getty

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Looks like a masked hero for the Disney movie adaptation of The Lone Ranger has been found in Armie Hammer, whose rumored competition to date has included the likes of George Clooney and Ryan Gosling.

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Entertainment Weekly reports that the 24-year-old actor, best known for his portrayal of the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, will join Johnny Depp in a modern version of the 1940s television and radio series. Hammer will play the part of the Lone Ranger opposite Depp, who has already been cast as Tonto, the Lone Ranger's trusty Native American sidekick.

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But don't expect Depp to take the backseat in this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced project: the Academy Award-nominated actor has been quoted in saying that he plans to reinvent the Tonto character.

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The 42-year-old star told EW, "I remember watching [the show] as a kid and going: 'Why is the f—ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?' I knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. When the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans — not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema — and turn it on its head."

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