Johnny Depp reunites with director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer for another potentially massive summer blockbuster in "The Lone Ranger," which opens July 3. In a new two-and-a-half-minute trailer that debuted earlier today, moviegoers get more explosions, more action sequences, and more quipping than we've seen in previous teasers.
The preview gives a summary of how John Reid (Armie Hammer) becomes a Texas Ranger and teams up with a Native American spirit warrior named Tonto (Depp) to pursue a wanted criminal.
Verbinski is reusing the recipe that made "Pirates" such a crowd-pleasing hit: Depp acting (and looking) wacky; a handsome and honorable young male hero (with Hammer taking Orlando Bloom's place); and lots and lots of action (this time with guns, not swords).
One visually striking sequence in the trailer occurs when the Ranger and Tonto set explosives to a train bridge. At first, the fuse seems to have malfunctioned, but then -- BOOM. The bridge falls like it was made out of matches.