Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger Gallops To A December 2012 Release Date
Heigh Ho Silver, away! Ride like the wind to Dec., 21 2012, which is when Walt Disney intends to open Jerry Bruckheimerís big-budget reboot of The Lone Ranger.
Armie Hammer, last seen playing twins in David Fincherís The Social Network, saddles up alongside Johnny Deppís Tonto for director Gore Verbinskiís production, which, according to the Hollywood Reporter, takes place in 1869 and focuses on a Texas Ranger who fights Western criminals with the aid of his trusty Indian sidekick. Verbinski, of course, directed the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films with Depp in tow. Earlier this year, the duo teamed for the animated Rango, a box-office smash that has taken in $241 million worldwide to date.
But Verbinskiís Lone Ranger will face some stiff competition during that holiday season. Peter Jacksonís first installment of a two-part Hobbit adaptation hits theaters a week prior on Dec. 14. Meanwhile, Ang Leeís Life of Pi adaptation recently moved to Dec. 21 to avoid Jacksonís epic, but now will face Ranger, Relativityís Hunter-Killer and an as-yet-untitled Judd Apatow comedy. The Ranger may need a lot more than his usual sidekick and six-shooter to beat out all that competition.
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