Armie Hammer Confirmed To Play The Lone Ranger
Between Tarsem Singh's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White and Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, Armie Hammer has been using his post-Social Network star power quite effectively. Both films will have the 6'5" actor teaming up with some of the greatest talent Hollywood has to offer, from Julia Roberts to Leonardo DiCaprio. Now he has officially added yet another project to his upcoming schedule and it's with an actor who many consider to be the biggest star in the word.
Following reports from last month when it was announced he was in talks, Variety has learned that Armie Hammer has signed on to play the titular hero in The Lone Ranger. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the film will have Hammer starring alongside Johnny Depp who has been attached to play Tonto since 2008. The film is expected to go into production sometime in the fall after Depp completes filming Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. The film doesn't have a release date yet, but could find its way onto Disney's Fall 2012 schedule.
I said it when Hammer was first rumored and I'll say it again: this is a great move for both the studio and Hammer. The move provides Disney with a pretty face that won't necessarily draw attention away from Depp, while the young Hammer gets a title role and even more prestige added to his name. It's the definition of win-win.
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