If you were let down by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, you won’t have to wait too long for the re-teaming of Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski. According to Deadline, Disney has set the adaptation of The Lone Ranger for December 21, 2012. The film stars Depp as the Comanche indian Tonto who saves the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) after he’s left for dead in 1869 Texas. While the Ranger may be the title character, Depp has previously indicated that the film will reinvent the role of Tonto and make him more of the main character rather than the sidekick.
The biggest competition the film will face will be the second-week release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens on December 14th. The Lone Ranger will also have to compete with Judd Apatow’s untitled comedy, Philip Noyce’s submarine thriller Hunter Killer, and Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi.