Both the Pirates Of The Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, and actor Johnny Depp have been confirmed for The Lone Ranger film.

This is a project that has been in the works for some time now, with Disney confirming that Depp would take on the role of the Ranger’s Native American companion, Tonto, back in 2008.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who has produced the CSI TV series’, as well as films including National Treasure and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises has also been on board for some time. He stated that back in 2009 that the studio were keen to wait until Depp had finished working on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, before hiring a director and casting the lead role.

Verbinski has now been officially named as the director for this latest version of the classic American TV show. Verbinski directed the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, as well upcoming animated feature, Rango, which also features the voice of Depp.

The script itself has been passed through numerous hands – with the character of Tonto at one point reportedly being rewritten as a female love interest! Judging by the fact that Depp has since been cast in the role, we can safely assume that this idea was dropped somewhere along the line, but some reports suggest that the final script may feature a supernatural take on this traditional story of a masked Ranger.

The title role, which was most famously portrayed by Clayton Moore, is yet to be cast, but we’ll keep you posted!

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