Somewhere behind that black mask is The Social Network star Armie Hammer.
On Thursday, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures released the first image of Hammer dressed up as the lead character in The Lone Ranger. It’s a long awaited movie that also stars Johnny Depp, who plays Tonto, The Lone Ranger’s Native American pal.
Woah, wait, what? That’s Johnny Depp? I guess I didn’t recognize him without the dreadlocks and Keith Richards makeup. In the image, Hammer wears the signature Lone Ranger black mask, and completes the look with a white cowboy hat. Depp dons black and white makeup, and a black crow on the top of his head.
The movie is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski and will be released in May 2013.
The Lone Ranger is a modern version of the 1940s TV and radio series. But differing from the original, Tonto won’t just be a sidekick.
"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," Bruckheimer told Entertainment Weekly, "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."
Depp says when he was a kid, he remembers watching the show and asking: “Why is the f-cking Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?”