Gore Verbinski is gearing up to release his animated Western Rango early next month, and while doing press for the Johnny Depp adventure, the director was pressed about who he envisions as a good Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp's Tonto.
Timothy Olyphant, who gives voice to The Spirit of the West in Rango, seems like a logical go-to first choice for Gore Verbinski. A source close to the production recently revealed that the director has acknowledged that the actor, who plays a Deputy U.S. Marshal on FX's Justified, is "right" for the part, and that it "sounds like a good idea".
Gore Verbinski also talked more about his plans for this upcoming live action Western adventure, which will feature Tonto as the lead character.
"The only version of 'Lone Ranger' I'm interested in doing is 'Don Quixote' told from Sancho Panza's point of view. And hence I was honest early on with Johnny that Tonto is the part. We're not going to do it [straight], everyone knows that story. I don't want to tell that story. I want the version from the untrustworthy narrator who might be a little crazy - but somehow the question is, is he crazy or is the world crazy? That, I find fascinating. It's just at the primordial stage," Verbinski said. "We're working on the screenplay but if we can pull that off - find that story I want to tell - then it will be worth doing."
When further pressed about who, besides Timothy Olyphant, might be cast as the masked Lone Ranger, Gore Verbinski stated the following.
"It's an odd couple, the two of them together. Getting that tone right is going to be a blast."
George Clooney has also been rumored for the part of Lone Ranger. A casting announcement is expected sooner than later.