Gore Verbinski Officially Attached To Direct The Lone Ranger November 24, 2010 Movie number five for Verbinski and Depp. Back in September Gore Verbinski was in talks to helm Disney’s ‘The Lone Ranger’. Well it has now been confirmed that Walt Disney Pictures have finalized a deal with Verbinski to direct the story of the classic western hero with Johnny Depp still on-board to play the Lone Ranger’s trusty Native American sidekick Tonto. There is still no word on who will play the Lone Ranger, but we are sure names will start to circulate soon enough. The Lone Ranger’s origin story begins with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice. The movie will mark the fifth time the director and star have worked together, having previously worked on ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise and the forthcoming animated movie ‘Rango’, in which Depp voices the lead character, a chameleon with an identity crisis.