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The Lone Ranger rides again: First look at Johnny Depp in Disney's The Lone Ranger remake

Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer proved that production on the long awaited remake of The Lone Ranger was in fact, resuming, with one simple tweet.

The picture Bruckheimer posted (shown above) provides the very first look at his vision for Disney's The Lone Ranger remake. 

The film has been in what some would call “development hell” since 2007, when the idea for a remake first surfaced. Year after year, the movie suffered greatly from budgeting issues, with Disney finally halting production on the movie in August 2011.

After months of negotiations, Disney and friends compromised and set a Feb. 6 start date, only to push it back a couple more days to Feb. 13.

Still, the film has been plagued with casting issues, with some actors dropping out and others dropping in, but Lone Ranger fans can rest assured knowing that the movie is finally shooting and is set for a May 31, 2013 release.

The Lone Ranger was a long-running staple of early entertainment history; originally starting as a radio program in 1933, the series spawned successful television series from 1949 to 1957. The series followed the lives of ex-Texas Ranger John Reid and his Native American partner, Tonto, as they fought injustice in the American Old West.

Since the series, plenty of networks and studios have tried to recreate the magic between lead characters Tonto and John Reid but to no avail — see The Legend of the Lone Ranger and the unsuccessful made-for-TV film The Lone Ranger starring Chad Michael Murray.

But perhaps the reunion of Johnny Depp as Tonto and director Gore Verbinski could be what the series needs for a successful comeback — the two worked together on the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and the animated film Rango, all huge hits. In the remake Tonto has the more central role instead of Armie Hammer's John Reid.

"I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way to ... 'eliminate' isn't possible, but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in 'The Lone Ranger,' but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head," Depp told Entertainment Weekly.

Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson round out the cast. Are you looking forward to The Lone Ranger remake?

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