Johnny Depp as Tonto Is All Kinds of Wrong

Walt Disney Pictures has released the first still image from the upcoming movie The Lone Ranger, to be directed by Gore Verbinski and starring his Pirates of the Caribbean caricature Johnny Depp… not as the title character, but as his Native American sidekick Tonto. The movie sounded like a disaster from day one: a bloated $200+ million budget, a script filled with werewolves and other CGI monsters and, frankly, the casting of megastar Depp as the sidekick.

Never mind the fact that Depp isn’t Native American… the problem is that, as this first movie photo suggests, he’s going to play yet another crazy, outrageous character that will distract time away from story, plot and what should be the core focus of the movie: the Lone Ranger.

Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger won’t be released until May 2013, but it already smells like trouble.

By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Action Movies, Comedies