The Lone Ranger rides again! The trailer for the upcoming Gore Verbinski-directed take on the radio and TV classic The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer as the ranger and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto, is out today. The movie shoot took nearly twice as long as Raiders of the Lost Ark, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and cost $250 million. The trailer hints at where some of that money may have gone. Namely, trains. Lots of trains, up close, being robbed (until the Lone Ranger steps in, of course), and even with Depp clinging to the bottom of one. Train robbery is a good subject for an Old-West epic, and the sepia-esque colors of the film are also a nice touch.
At the same time, for audiences remotely aware of the history of The Lone Ranger, it may be hard to embrace that action-movie version of Wild West nostalgia when there’s no hint of nostalgia for the character himself—at least not in the trailer. In a minute and a half, there’s one lousy “Kemosabe” from Depp, the only nod to a show full of famous cultural touchstones (and maybe a weird one to pick, considering the potential awkwardness of Depp as a Native American). Not a single “Hi-yo, Silver, Away!” Nobody asking, “Who was that masked man?” And while the full “William Tell Overture” might be a little much, thumping techno and slo-mo bullets are pretty much as far as you can get from the aesthetic of the original Lone Ranger.
We’ll find out whether anybody cares about that change when The Lone Ranger is released in theaters July 3, 2013.