Johnny Depp has a stacked schedule of upcoming projects on the horizon, none more anticipated than the Jerry Bruckheimer produced, Gore Verbinski directed reboot of Lone Ranger. Depp will play the title character's sidekick, Tonto, in a role that he hopes will offer him a chance to pay tribute to Native Americans, whom he feels have never been portrayed in a good light in terms of cinema.
Depp also calls the current version of the script "very funny", which indicates that this will be a more lighthearted take on the material as opposed to a more gritty, action-filled Western.
Here is what Depp had to say about Walt Disney's Lone Ranger:
"I think it's going to be good, when we have a chance to put it up on its feet. What we've got so far screenplay-wise is really great, really funny. I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades. It's a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think."