The Wrap reports that Ryan Gosling (‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘The Notebook’) is in talks to take the title role in the Gore Verbinski-directed ‘The Lone Ranger.’
The actor would be starring opposite Johnny Depp, who is still on-board to play the Lone Ranger’s trusty Native American sidekick Tonto. Verbinski has made it well known that his adaptation will be different to what we have seen before, with Depp’s Tonto serving as the “untrustworthy narrator who might be a little crazy.”
While Gosling may be in talks to star, The Wrap goes on to say that the actor’s schedule may prevent him from taking the part. The actor recently signed on for the role of Logan in the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed ‘Logan’s Run’ remake. Both movies are poised to start shooting this fall.
Verbinski (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) will be directing from a screenplay by Justin Haythe (‘Revolutionary Road’). Jerry Bruckheimer will produce.
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.