After 150 days, filming has wrapped on Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger. It hasn’t been an easy production, which was delayed due to budget concerns. THR reports that once shooting finally began, the production was beset by dust and wind storms, the on-set death of a welder, and Johnny Depp sustaining an injury, all of which reportedly caused the budget to balloon back to the $250 million (or more) Disney wanted to avoid. While studios are doing their best to try and be more careful with what they spend, Verbinski’s blockbusters have never been cheap, although I’m not sure why a western would cost so much even with the delays (the original budget was $215 million).
Hit the jump to check out new images from the movie along with some quotes from Verbinski. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham Carter. The Lone Ranger opens July 3, 2013. [Update: We've updated the article with high-resolution versions of the images from Disney.]
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Speaking to USA Today, Verbinski says The Lone Ranger is a “dysfunctional buddy movie”:
“It’s two guys who start literally and figuratively handcuffed together who end up on the same mission with completely different world views. They sort of rub off on one another. But they have plenty of disagreements.”
Even though Hammer is playing the eponymous Ranger, Tonto (Depp) will be no sidekick. Speaking about the character’s odd look, Verbinski explains:
“[Tonto] is an odd-shaman, an outcast from his own tribe, who has created his own mystical world. “[His bird headpiece] is his companion. It’s a stuffed bird that he feeds birdfeed.”
We knew that trains would play a big part of the film, and Verbinski says they represent how the transition to steam power is meant to raise the question of what we’re willing to give up for the progress. He also says The Lone Ranger features a train robbery, “But we turn it on its head.”
Judging by the images, The Lone Ranger certainly looks like an epic western, and Rango proved that Verbinski has a deep love and understanding of the genre. While we can talk about the delays and budget overruns for now, all of that will be forgotten if Verbinski can deliver a quality film.