First image from Gore Verbinski’s ‘The Lone Ranger’

by W. Andrew Powell
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

Prepare yourself, because the first image from director Gore Verbinski’s film adaptation of The Lone Ranger has arrived and it’s… interesting.

Developed with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the same duo that brought The Pirates of the Caribbean films to life, the film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto, the “spirit warrior on a personal quest,” while Armie Hammer plays lawman John Reid, better known as the masked do-gooder, the Lone Ranger.

The only problem that seems glaring at this point? How weird is it for Depp to be playing this Native American character? On first glimpse the image is kind of ridiculous–about the same as Jack Sparrow doing anything in the Pirates films, but the star has promised fans much more than that.

Here’s what Depp had to say late last year about playing this role, courtesy of the Telegraph: “I like the character of Tonto. I think I have interesting plans for the character, and I think the film itself could be entertaining and very funny. But also I like the idea of having the opportunity to make fun of the idea of the Indian as a sidekick–which has always been [the case] throughout the history of Hollywood, the Native American has always been a second-class, third-class, fourth-class citizen, and I don’t see Tonto that way at all. So it’s an opportunity for me to salute Native Americans.”

The Lone Ranger is due in theatres in May 2013.

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

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