Ryan Gosling is currently in talks to star in Disney’s The Lone Ranger alongside Johnny Depp. The actor would be taking on the title role, with Depp having been set to play Tonto for quite some time now. Gore Verbinski (the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies) is set to direct with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The Wrap reports that Gosling is in talks to star, but his schedule may not allow him to take the role given that The Lone Ranger is poised to start shooting this fall.
Depp had previously mentioned George Clooney and Brad Pitt as possible actors to star with him, but I quite like the choice of Gosling. He and Depp are both versatile guys, and if Gosling ends up with the role it’ll be fun to see the two play off each other in a fun adventure flick. Verbinski previously described the Justin Haythe-scripted story as Don Quixote-esque, with Depp’s Tonto serving as the unreliable narrator. Depp has also expressed his desire to salute Native American culture. Here’s hoping everything with Gosling works out.