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Johnny Depp doing “Lone Ranger” with “Pirates” director Gore Verbinski?

By Sean O’Connell Hi-ho Verbinski … away?

It is being reported that Gore Verbinski — director of three “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “The Ring” and the underrated “The Weather Man” – might sign on for a Lone Ranger adventure for Disney. Deadline notes that the collaboration would reunite Verbinski with his “Pirates” colleague Johnny Depp, who currently is attached to play the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, Tonto.

But who would play the Lone Ranger? A long time ago, George Clooney’s name was attached to the role – though if this is going to be an origin story (as reported), both Clooney and Depp seem too old. A commenter on the Deadline page suggested Jon Hamm. That could be great.

According to the legend, the Lone Ranger is the sole survivor of an ambush led by outlaw Butch Cavendish and his gang. Tonto nurses the survivor back to health, and – with his black mask and white stallion Silver – sets out to bring Cavendish to justice.

“Pirates” producer Jerry Bruckheimer is on board, and Verbinski, if he signs, will be working from a Justin Haythe script.

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