The Social Network breakout star Armie Hammer has entered into early talks to portray the title character in Lone Ranger for Walt Disney Pictures. Johnny Depp has long been attached to portray Tonto.

There was /lone-ranger-eyes-ryan-gosling/talk earlier this month that Ryan Gosling was being eyed for the Lone Ranger title character, although the actor's reps confirmed a few days later that he was not in contention for the role. Justified star Timothy Olyphant has also been mentioned as a possible Lone Ranger contender.

Gore Verbinski is directing Lone Ranger from a screenplay by Justin Haythe. Jerry Bruckheimer will produce. No production schedule was given for Lone Ranger.