New Casting News today...for the Lone Ranger, to be directed by Jerry Bruckheimer & The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland...
Who is being casted...
But of course, Johnny Depp.
Who else would you cast if it's an iconic character with a funny costume?
In fact, Johnny Depp will also be reprising his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (why not...the money is surely there)
Apparently the news broke at a Disney event today at the Kodak theater. And I'm sure hearing the news people were excited...it's sure to have a lot of energy to it...Bruckheimer & Depp working together in a project sure to have a huge budget, lots of marketing, and plenty of product tie-ins (McDonald's Toys, Candy, Halloween Costumes, etc.)
I like Johnny Depp, and think his work in pirates is actually pretty amazing, and totally deserving of his Academy Award nomination for the first film, but...how about more Finding Neverland type roles, and a few less Willy Wonka roles.
UPDATE: Depp is not playing the Lone Ranger, he's playing TONTO. See the correction post here.