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Ryan Gosling the new Lone Ranger?

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With Johnny Depp as Tonto. Hmm. Paleface and 'blackface' then..?

Hi ho, Ryan...

Ryan Gosling is in talks to jump onto the saddle in Disney’s The Lone Ranger reboot. Gosling, who recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role in relationship drama Blue Valentine, is reportedly eyeing the role of the prairie-dwelling hero opposite Johnny Depp’s Tonto.

The film is being touted as a blockbuster with Pirates of the Caribbean's Gore Verbinski, on board to direct and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. Verbinski recently teamed up with Depp for the western-influenced CGI animation Rango and it seems that the two will closely collaborate on this new project.

Those puzzled by Depp’s acceptance of what might be viewed as the role of a sidekick can take solace in the fact that Verbinski has claimed that Tonto will be the real lead in what looks to be an attempt to distance the reboot from prior adaptations of the material. Verbinski likened the film to Don Quixote told from Sancho Panza’s point of view. Depp was previously set to play Panza in Terry Gilliam’s 'cursed' production of Don Quixote. The subsequent problematic shoot was captured in a documentary entitled Lost in La Mancha.

Meanwhile, both Gosling and Depp have a number of high profile projects scheduled for the near future. The former is currently filming the political drama The Ides of March with George Clooney and is signed on to play another titular character in the remake of Logan’s Run. Depp is busy at work with his main collaborator Tim Burton on Dark Shadows, a film version of the sixties horror series.

The Lone Ranger began life as a radio serial in the thirties and was later turned into a television series. Disney have set a 2014 release date for the film.

TotalFilm


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