Producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted the above image from the set.
Initially production on The Lone Ranger shut down do to a lofty cost. However some budget cuts, a few compromises and Johnny Depp helped the film ride again and is now set for released on May 31, 2013.
Filming began in late February in New Mexico. Gore Verbinski (the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films and Rango) is directing with Depp playing Tonto and Armie Hammer playing The Lone Ranger.
When asked about cuts, Bruckheimer said: “We cut a sequence involving a coyote attack — supernatural coyotes — and a small animated segment,” he said. “The train [scenes] are intact. We trimmed it a little bit. Gore made some sacrifices creatively, but nothing that would hurt the film. We had to work it out. The studio set a number, and it was always our responsibility to get to the number.”
The Pulse: Anyone who knows me, knows I love Johnny Depp, but I’ve been questioning some of his acting roles lately. And Tonto, really? I know Depp has like 1/300th Native American blood in him or something like that, but shouldn’t the role of Tonto go to a true Native American? I understand his desire to portrait a Native American character in a strong way, and not a subservient way, but he’s not the only one who could do that. a If you need Depp in the film to get it bankrolled, cast him as The Ranger or the villain maybe. The studio wouldn’t put Depp in black-face, so why is this okay?