Feb 21, 201101:44 PMThe Telegraph
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More about the new 'Lone Ranger'
The more Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski talk to the press about their upcoming big-screen reboot of The Lone Ranger, the more it sounds like their movie — tentatively set to start shooting either late this year or early next, after Depp completes work on Dark Shadows — may upset a few traditionalists. Paul Harris of The Guardian, a U.K. newspaper, reports that Depp’s Tonto “will be rather different from the original ally who stuck by his cowboy friend through thick and thin. Instead, his character looks set to be at the heart of the film and have the dominant role in its narrative… Verbinski is taking inspiration for the central relationship not from the dusty reels of the TV show, but from literary classic Don Quixote. In the new version, the Lone Ranger turns out to be a misguided fool and Tonto the voice of sanity, akin to Quixote’s companion, Sancho Panza.”