Armie Hammer discusses how Disney’s The Lone Ranger compares to the classic western

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Academy Award®–winning director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” also stars Primetime Emmy® and Golden Globe Award®–winner Tom Wilkinson (“John Adams”) as nation builder Latham Cole; William Fichtner (“The Dark Knight”) as Tonto and the Lone Ranger’s archenemy Butch Cavendish; Primetime Emmy Award winner Barry Pepper (“The Kennedys”) as military martinet Captain J. Fuller; James Badge Dale (“Iron Man 3”) as Texas Ranger Dan Reid, John’s older brother; Ruth Wilson (“Luther”) as Dan’s wife and John’s former sweetheart, Rebecca Reid; and two-time Oscar® nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”) as flamboyant, one-legged saloon owner Red Harrington.

The film is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski.

There were 2,956 radio episodes of “The Lone Ranger” (the last new one was broadcast on September 3, 1954), a 21-year history that actually overlapped the hugely successful television series, starring stalwart Clayton Moore as the titular character and dignified Jay Silverheels as Tonto. This program, which became an international phenomenon, began airing on ABC in 1949 and continued until 1957.

The huge popularity of the show also spun off into two theatrical feature films, “The Lone Ranger” (1956) and “The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold” (1958). But now it’s time for Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer to put their own indelible stamps on Tonto and the Lone Ranger. As they respect some traditions established over the past eight decades, they also fearlessly interpret the characters for an entirely new generation.

Segment journalist: Jamaal Finkley, Twitter @JamaalFinkley

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