The film's producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted the first photo of the project, as though to say, oh, this is happening, alright.
Tonto and The Lone Ranger Ride Again! twitter.com/BRUCKHEIMERJB/...- JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) March 8, 2012
Here we see the masked crusader, played by the caroonishly handsome Armie Hammer, and a very made up Johnny Depp as his trusty companion, Tonto. (And, I guess, his trusty companion, that rather lethargic looking bird perched on his head.)
The most-recent revamp of the Americana classic has encountered some major of hiccups -- the biggest being that it was almost scrapped last summer, before cooler heads -- and smarter accountants -- prevailed, and the film's budget was cut down.
The film's 10-year wind up may prove worth the wait, Depp and Hammer are joined by a strong supporting cast of Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson.
"The Lone Ranger" hits theaters May 31, 2013.