Much to the surprise of everyone sitting in Hall H, the first trailer for Walt Disney Picture's upcoming Western reboot The Lone Ranger debuted today, offering a look at this once-troubled production starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger.
The first half of this trailer, which runs a little over one and a half minutes, is given way to scenes of an old Western railroad being built. We see the laborers that've built it, the businessmen who profit from it, and the narrator tells us, "Whoever controls the railroad, controls the future!"
Near the end of all this railroad talk, Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer's The Lone Ranger and Tonto saunter up on their horses in what is essential a moving shot of the first still image released a couple months ago. Then we are treated to a shot of Johnny Depp crawling through the undercarriage of a fast moving train as Tonto and his white man partner try to take control of this speeding iron behemoth.
Johnny Depp's character is as eccentric as his other Disney incarnation, Jack Sparrow. He speaks in broken English, telling Armie Hammer, "There comes a time, Kemosabe, when every good man should wear a mask." We are then treated to some huge action set pieces involving these two and the train. It is a collection of quick cuts that allude to a production on scale with Gore Verbinski's Pirates of The Caribbean trilogy. There isn't a lot of GGI, but the footage ends with the tagline, "Still in production." Maybe effects will be added in later.
Hopefully this trailer will be online soon so you can judge it for yourself. It actually looks like it might be pretty cool.