The team behind the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise hopes to bring some of that magic to the Wild West.
Johnny Depp reunites with director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer for another potentially massive summer blockbuster in “The Lone Ranger,” which opens July 3. In a new two-and-a-half-minute trailer that debuted earlier today, moviegoers get more explosions, more action sequences, and more quipping than we’ve seen in previous teasers.
The preview gives a summary of how John Reid (Armie Hammer) becomes a Texas Ranger and teams up with a Native American spirit warrior named Tonto (Depp) to pursue a wanted criminal.
Verbinski is reusing the recipe that made “Pirates” such a crowd-pleasing hit: Depp acting (and looking) wacky; a handsome and honorable young male hero (with Hammer taking Orlando Bloom’s place); and lots and lots of action (this time with guns, not swords).
One visually striking sequence in the trailer occurs when the Ranger and Tonto set explosives to a train bridge. At first, the fuse seems to have malfunctioned, but then — BOOM. The bridge falls like it was made out of matches.