Earlier this summer, Gore Verbinksi‘s adaptation of The Lone Ranger was rounding up its cast. Johnny Depp was signed on to play Tonto, Armie Hammer was playing the Ranger, and the movie was lining up Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson (Luther), Dwight Yoakam, Barry Pepper, and Helena Bonham Carter for supporting roles. But then Disney pumped the brakes and wanted a lower budget, they eventually got it after some protracted negotiations, and now pre-production is back underway.
However, this delay moved back the start of production which meant that scheduling had changed for the actors. Depp and Hammer never really left, and now it looks like Verbinski is trying to get his other actors back. Deadline reports that Wilkinson has returned to play the villain Latham Cole while Wilson is still playing the movie’s female lead. Disney is talking again with Carter, Pepper, and Yoakam as well as James Badge Dale. Production on the $215 million cowboy movie begins in February 2012 for a May 31, 2013 release.