Gore Verbinski has signed on the dotted line and is now officially the director for Disney’s The Lone Ranger. We knew this was a possibility back in September when it was reported that he was in talks to to head up the project.
This will mark the director’s fifth collaboration with Johnny Depp, who is attached to the the film in the role of the Lone Ranger’s sidekick Tonto. In addition to working together on the first three Pirates Of The Caribbean films, Depp has supplied the voice of the title character for Verbinski’s debut outing as an animation director, Rango, due out next March.
As the film has been curning in development at Disney for a while now, there is no one attached to the lead role of a Texas lawman who is gunned down, left for dead and then assumes a masked identity to hunt his would be killers. Presumably with Verbinski officially on board now, the project will heat up a bit and we may start hearing more casting news in the future.