Comic-Con: Disney Surprises with First Trailer for THE LONE RANGER

     July 12, 2012


As one last surprise for the studio’s Comic-Con panel, Disney showed off a teaser trailer for The Lone Ranger.  Most of the trailer has Tom Wilkinson (who plays the film’s villain) providing narration about the importance of trains.  He explains that because trains will be the fastest mode of transportation in the old west, and whoever controls them “controls space and time.”  It’s unintentionally funny because, it’s, you know, trains.  But the visual style is full of Verbinski’s indulgences, like a brief shot that goes into a saloon and there’s a prostitute swinging from a wooden crescent moon that’s suspended from the ceiling.  There’s also a slo-mo shot of a bunch of white guys in around a table getting shot at.  Hit the jump for more.

Then there’s the big reveal of Tonto (Johnny Depp) and The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer), and the shot is the first official image from the film.  Then there’s a bunch of quick action shots including the Ranger drawing down on an unseen enemy, and Tonto clinging on to the bottom of a speeding train.  But if there’s one big take-away from this trailer, it’s trains.  Trains are really, really important.  The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Frain, Ruth Wilson, and James Badge Dale.  The Lone Ranger opens July 3rd.

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  • kerteh

    where’s the trailer ??

    • Norm

      They only showed it off at their panel in comic-con, for now at least.

  • junierizzle

    I don’t know why you find “trains” being so funny. Trains are still an integral part of what make the country function.

    • jakecd

      ahhhhhhhhh so the TRAINS are where the majority of the 200 million dollar budget is being spent!!!

      now it makes sense.

      carry on!

      • abc

        counting someone else’s money?
        carry on! lol

  • Johnson

    I would have preferred to see the described here myself, instead of reading a description of it. It’ good to know that there is a trailer, but I’d rather wait for it. Or it’s description could have been placed after the “jump”.

  • Jay

    What’s a ‘jump’, and how do I hit it?

  • Uhhhhhh

    What’s so weird about trains being important?! They literally founded the United States. You should catch up on your history before being snarky. You come off sounding incredibly naive.

  • Daniel

    Trains kinda sorta connected the east with the west, and believe it or not, they’re still being used today (!).

    What I really want to know about are the werewolves.

  • dogg

    Just bracing myself for the inevitable outcry from the US race baiting industry.

    • James

      The outcry over trains has already begun!

  • Nomis1700

    I’d like to see the trailer.

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  • Terri

    When do we “peons” get to see the trailer?

  • Dave

    Where the fuck is the trailer? why have an article talking about it…just fucking show it…stupid

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