Walt Disney Pictures has set loose this new international trailer for the action-adventure film, ‘The Lone Ranger.’
WSJ.COM – In the coming summer film “The Lone Ranger,” actor Armie Hammer reinterprets the classic Western hero.
Hammer, 26 years old, was too young to know the television show starring Clayton Moore as the masked Texas ranger who fights injustices in the West with Native American warrior Tonto.
“What I knew was just that my dad called me “Kemosabe.” He was like, “Come on, Kemosabe!” Hammer said, referring to Tonto’s nickname for the Lone Ranger.
Hammer said his Lone Ranger is more conflicted. In the film we first meet him as lawyer John Reid. As the younger brother to tough ranger Dan, John went east to study law and took to the ideals of John Locke. He returns to his hometown in the West with a strong sense of justice and due process.
“He quickly realizes that his chosen methods aren’t going to work,” Hammer said. “He’s like, ‘Look, he stole your horse. It’s okay, you don’t have to shoot him.’ And then [gunshot noise] someone pops him, he’s like ‘Good god, what’s going on around here?’ and then you see him transformed.”
The July 3 film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and is directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The production was about five months long and included such locations as Monument Valley and Moab in Utah; Creede, Colorado; and Four Corners, Arizona.
“It was 125 degrees some days when we were shooting. I’m wearing that three-piece wool suit the entire time,” Hammer said last night at a special 20-minute “Lone Ranger” preview in New York. “But it was the most fun I’ve ever had, running around shooting guns, riding horses, throwing lassoes. Being a cowboy. Who doesn’t love that?”
The actor also said that he just found out yesterday about his next project (first reported by Deadline) — he will star opposite Tom Cruise in another remake of a classic television series, “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” He said he couldn’t discuss it further, only that “I’m excited about it.”
Read an edited transcript of the interview with Hammer.
DEADLINE.COM – Armie Hammer, who plays the title character opposite Johnny Depp in the Gore Verbinski-directed The Lone Ranger for Disney, is set to star with Tom Cruise in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the remake of the classic TV series that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros.
The original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of Thrush.
Warner Bros has long been high on the project, especially when the studio had Steven Soderbergh ready to direct George Clooney in the lead. The actor dropped out because he needed surgery on his neck and back, and he wasn’t up for a physical role.
After Soderbergh departed, the studio turned the project over to Ritchie and his producing partner Lionel Wigram. John Davis is also producing.
Hammer would play a version of the role originated by McCallum, an NCIS regular who strangely doesn’t seemed to have aged since the ’60s.
Hammer, who’s repped by WME and attorney Harris Hartman, is making his bid to be one of those up-and-comer leading men and getting on the ground floor of a franchise with Cruise and Ritchie certainly seems like a smart move from here.
LATIMES.COM – Only hours after a new trailer for “Lone Ranger” debuted online last week, the blogosphere flew into a tizzy questioning whether Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Tonto is racist.
In the upcoming western, Depp’s Tonto — the sidekick to a masked Texas ranger played by Armie Hammer — sports face paint and a headdress with a dead raven atop it. Some critics have taken issue with both Depp’s costume and the fact that the role was not portrayed by a Native American actor. (For the record, Depp told Entertainment Weekly that in 2011, “I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line…. My great grandmother was quite a bit of Native American, she grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian.”)
But Depp’s co-star, 26-year-old Hammer, is puzzled by the claims of cultural insensitivity. The actor turned up in Las Vegas with Depp last Wednesday to unveil 20 minutes of new footage from the film to movie theater owners at CinemaCon. Before being honored as the Male Star of Tomorrow at the conference a day later, Hammer defended his film’s depiction of Tonto, saying that the cast worked with many Native Americans on the project.
“They were nothing but excited about it. They loved it — they’re thrilled,” the actor said in an interview. “It’s so funny, because every Native American we talked to was like, ‘This is awesome! I’m so excited.’ And every white person we talked to was like, ‘How dare you cast a non-Native American?’ It’s like, the white people are the one who have the problem, but the Indians — the Native Americans — are like, ‘This is great. We love it.’”
“Lone Ranger,” which hits theaters over the July 4 weekend, has already faced a number of hurdles. In 2011, Walt Disney Studios was forced to halt production on the film and slash the movie’s growing budget. The studio says the film ended up costing about $225 million to produce.
In a summer filled with big-budget spectacle, Hammer believes “Lone Ranger” will stand out because at its core its “very grounded.”
“There are so many movies coming out this summer — “World War Z” and several big fictional films — but this movie seemed more non-fictional,” he said. “It’s very grounded. It’s very real. It’s about two guys and the stresses and pressure of having to work together and deal with each other and not liking each other but then realizing you need each other. It’s people. It’s not boom-boom and explosions.”
POPSUGAR.COM – Armie Hammer was at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week to promote his first big leading role in The Lone Ranger. We caught up with the actor just before he teamed up with his costar Johnny Depp for a Q&A about the film. Armie talked to us about the experience of shooting “in the middle of nowhere,” the karaoke parties the cast and crew shared at night, and why the “bohemian” Johnny is unique from the other great actors he’s worked with.
Following yesterday’s release of the new US trailer for ‘The Lone Ranger,’ Disney has set loose this latest international trailer for the action-adventure film.
Interview with Armie Hammer (John Reid) at the special Fan Event for the release of the new trailer for The Lone Ranger
LATIMES.COM – The latest trailer for “The Lone Ranger” is set to be unveiled this afternoon, with stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer participating in a live stream discussion about the clip and the movie, which will kick off at 1 p.m. PDT.
The promotional event comes on the heels of a new wave of character posters the studio released Tuesday and is part of Las Vegas’ CinemaCon, the annual exhibitors’ conference where the studios court the affection of movie theater owners across the country with elaborate presentations for their upcoming films.
EW.COM – “All I know is that a man killed my brother,” says the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) in the new “final” theatrical trailer for Gore Verbinski’s summer blockbuster, which seems out to prove that sometimes you don’t need anything more than some trains and horses to make a thrilling adventure movie.
Up until this point, the trailers for The Lone Ranger seem to have assumed that everyone would know the basic story of the 1950s television series, or at least want to know why a dirt-covered Armie Hammer would be waking up on top of some very unstable looking scaffolding. Disney’s taken a different approach for the final theatrical trailer, teasing a little bit of back story before getting to Johnny Depp’s Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s disenchantment with the law, and all those epic train sequences.
John Reid (the not-yet Lone Ranger) is a “city boy” with a big fancy white hat who’s come back to the West to serve as a Texas Ranger alongside his brother. When the Rangers are ambushed and his brother killed, he meets up with Tonto (Johnny Depp) to seek justice. All they have to do is follow the silver, which leads to a variety of scuffles of course, including the pretty incredible looking bridge sequence that closes out the trailer.
COLLIDER.COM – Earlier today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Walt Disney unveiled about twenty minutes of director Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger. Since I was on the red carpet waiting for the cast and filmmakers, I missed the screening. But talking to a few people that did see the footage, the consensus I heard was that it looked great and it was a lot better than all of them expected.
Shortly after walking off the stage, I landed a red carpet interview with Armie Hammer. We talked about what he went through trying to land the role, how much the script changed along the way and the supernatural/werewolves rumors, filming the train sequence practically, how he can’t escape being asked about Justice League, and he reveals that he’s about to sign a contract for a new movie role.