Social Network star cast as Lone Ranger

By Alexandra Heilbron on May 20, 2011 | 6 Comments

Armie Hammer, 24, who played both Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, has been cast opposite Johnny Depp in the title role in The Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp, who was cast as Tonto, told Entertainment Weekly he’ll be playing the Native American sidekick somewhat differently in the movie than he was portrayed in the TV series: “I remember watching [the show] as a kid and going: ‘Why is the f–ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?’ I knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. When the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans – not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema – and turn it on its head.”

Comments & Discussion

  1. C-Dub • May 20, 2011 @ 4:26 PM

    ‘Indians were treated’ aren’t we supposed to be polically correct, Native Americans… Aboriginals..
    Anyway, yeah, I don’t see Depp being 2nd fiddle to this newbie actor in a potentially big movie like this. It’s just a buddy cop western (see Shanghi Noon) but with an old TV show name put on it. I really have no desire to see it tho…

  2. zuh • May 21, 2011 @ 9:23 PM

    That’s the asnwer…. let’s throw out the old negative native american treatment by hiring a caucasian actor to play Tonto.

  3. jane • May 22, 2011 @ 12:28 AM

    Isn’t it interesting how the title of this article is about Armie Hammer, but the bulk of it ends up being about Deep?

  4. Linda • May 22, 2011 @ 2:50 PM

    zuh, Johnny Depp is not Caucasian, he’s Native North American (I forget which tribe).

  5. Maggie • August 25, 2011 @ 7:39 PM

    His great grandmother was either Cherokee or Creek (but he is also part French Huguenot, among other things). His heart is in the right place. Good for Johnny.

  6. Beverlee Moore • August 26, 2011 @ 11:07 AM

    I think Johnny Depp is right. I am not prejudice but in the so called old days white people were always pictured as superior in every way and the other nationalities unable to think or do anything without the direction of a Caucasian.

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