Set Photo Reveals The Lone Ranger's Dusty Town

By Katey Rich 2012-03-12 07:18:47discussion comments
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The big announcement from Disney that they had finally gone into production on The Lone Ranger was nicely timed for just before the opening weekend disappointment of John Carter The studio may have just suffered big time on one hugely budgeted movie shot in the desert, but they've got another one coming that might fix all those mistakes-- namely featuring star Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, and a character all of us have heard of. The first image of Depp and Armie Hammer felt pretty much in the Pirates mold too-- Depp's Tonto outfit isn't all that much stranger than Captain Jack Sparrow's and it's not hard to imagine Hammer in the Orlando Bloom role, the steadfast young man coping with the odd but brilliant man by his side.

The Lone Ranger is settling in for a long production process in the desert, and who knows how many sets they might go through before the thing is through, but TMZ has gotten a look at what is probably the first one-- an Old West desert town built from nothing, complete with a train depot, horse corral, and at least one facade with no building behind it. There's a video of the helicopter shot at the site, but you can also just check out the photo below.

Yup, that's pretty much what your classic Old West town looks like, at least in the movies, though given its sparseness I can't help but think of the classic, slightly surreal Clint Eastwood western High Plains Drifter, in which the town is perched in a forbidding terrain that seems utterly uninhabitable. It would be kind of amazing if The Lone ranger was going for something similarly out-there, and given the weird details of the town in Verbinski's Rango, it's not impossible. But my guess is they'll shoot it in such a way, and maybe sweeten it with CGI, that it won't look quite as bizarre as it does here.

The Lone Ranger is set for release on May 5, 2013.
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