The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto, is currently slated for a July 3rd release. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film has been viewed as controversial by some for its expensive and lengthy production and for the choice of Depp as Tonto. The film will be distributed by Disney Pictures.

The fictional Lone Ranger character, a masked former Texas Ranger who is joined by an Indigenous partner, Tonto, to fight for justice in the Old West, first debuted in 1933 as a radio play. That debut took place on the Detroit radio station WXYZ – the show’s popularity led to an eventual TV series from 1949 to 1957. The TV series starred Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and Mohawk actor Jay Silverheels as Tonto.

The following clip is the most recent trailer for the film – this trailer aired during the NFL’s Super Bowl on February 3rd. Do you plan to see this upcoming Western film when it is released? Take the attached poll to share your intention one way or other. Comments are also welcome.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)


  1. Frankly, I’m not holding out much hope for this; it really does look like being Pirates of the Wild West. However, I tend to make an effort to see pretty much any western that gets a cinema release these days. So I vote yes but without any particular confidence.

  2. Hi Colin….I appreciate your time to vote and give your “qualified response”. 😉 Like yourself, I also tend to support any big screen Western release through attendance. There is a specific audience, no doubt, that the producers are seeking but I do hope that they are respectful toward both the genre and any Indigenous input into the film’s creation.

  3. From all indications the film is completely devoid of any of the original fictional origins, the original fictional character’s personalities, (imagine the clown Johnnie Dipp visiting children’s hospitals in that outfit, he’s scare the kids silly) a complete loss.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to provide a comment, Clint. With comparatively few “A-level” Westerns making it to the big screen these days – and given the multi-generational legacy of the Lone Ranger series – this production could come in for a lot of scrutiny from the established Western fan.

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