‘The Lone Ranger’ is Coming … Hi-Yo Silver!

April 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

'The Lone Ranger' is Coming ... Hi-Yo Silver!
by Edward Nichols
Eddie is glad he ignored his biggest critic (his mother) and followed his dream to be a TV and movie reviewer.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto ride together for justice in the upcoming release, “The Lone Ranger,” on July 3, 2013. The adaptation of Fran Striker’s 1933 radio show is due to explode onto the scene for Independence Day weekend during a summer of big blockbusters.

An enduring icon of American culture rises from the ashes of history in the form of Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp — thanks to Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  With the third release of the film’s trailer comes images of outlaws, ambush, traitors, trains, greed and corruption.

Director Gore Verbinski brings no shortage of action and adventure to this film which is an updated version of “The Lone Ranger” franchise that began long ago. Based on the original Lone Ranger who first appeared on a radio show and then became the central character in a a popular book series. Then came the franchise’s television show, that aired from 1949 to 1957. Comic books, movies, toys and games immortalize “The Lone Ranger” as children of all ages shout, “Hi-yo Silver,” to their trusty friends.

The Synopsis

“The Lone Ranger” is an adventure-packed film about justice, greed and the wild west. In this adaptation, heroic John Reid (Armie Hammer) is brought to life through the eyes of Tonto, (Johnny Depp) who recounts the tale of Reid’s transformation from a Texas ranger into a driven man bent on justice.

The Production Team

Disney combines a team of artists who have brought us some pretty funny pictures in the past, like the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films (enter a Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow). Together they boast an impressive portfolio of films and bodies of work.

Jerry Bruckheimer, the film’s producer, has created an unprecedented amount of worldwide blockbusters. His plethora of films (“Top Gun,” “Flashdance”) have played a part in redefining our culture, says Collider.com’s Matt Goldberg.

Director Gore Verbinski has also reached his stride. He directed the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, which grossed over $3 billion dollars. In 2011, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, “Rango,” which features the voice of Depp (they love working together).

The Stars

Johnny Depp reunites with Verbinski and Bruckheimer as the sidekick, Tonto. Depp is famous for his Academy Award®-nominated characterization of Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” His credits also include, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” to name a few.

Armie Hammer plays John Reid, the “Lone Ranger,” who is looking for the man who killed his brother. His film credits include “The Social Network,” and “J. Edgar.”

Helena Bonham-Carter is Red, the female lead with a whole lot of attitude (and a pistol in her boot). Previously, Bonham-Carter was seen opposite Johnny Depp in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Thanks to Verbinski, we have a chance to see Depp masked and made-up in all his glory — with hair extensions and a bird on his head to boot. It seems the screenwriters, led by Justin Haythe (“Revolutionary Road” and “The Clearing”), have scripted an exciting story that should deliver fun and excitement for viewers of all ages.