With the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides long lead marketing in full swing, Johnny Depp recently gave an update on Disney’s planned Lone Ranger film while talking about Pirates. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and to be directed by Gore Verbinski (the first three Pirates films), Depp is set to star as Tonto in the project, and he revealed that he wants someone like George Clooney or Brad Pitt in the title role. Depp recently gave an update on the project:
“What we’ve got so far screenplay-wise is really great, really funny. I think it’s going to be good, when we have a chance to put it up on its feet. I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades. It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think.”
Depp, who’s part Cherokee, gave the status update in an interview with EW. There’s currently no official start-date for production on the film. The actor will next star in Dark Shadows for director Tim Burton, which is set to begin filming in April. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits theaters in 3D on May 20th.