In late April, Armie Hammer was /lone-ranger-wants-armie-hammer/reportedly in talks for the title character in Walt Disney's upcoming Western reboot Lone Ranger. Today, the actor has been confirmed for the role.

Jerry Bruckheimer will produce, and Gore Verbinski will direct from a screenplay by Justin Haythe. While the film is titled Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer will actually be taking a backseat to sidekick Tonto, played by Johnny Depp, who is actually the brains of this Western duo.

Lone Ranger is set to be Jerry Bruckheimer's next tentpole picture after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides runs its course.

While there is no set release date for Lone Ranger, Walt Disney Pictures hopes to have the film in theaters by fall of 2012.

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