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Johnny Depp born to play Tonto in The Lone Ranger

Updated on September 19, 2016
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Johnny cowboys and indians

Johnny Depp: cowboys and indians
Johnny Depp: cowboys and indians | Source

It's easy to see how heartbreakingly gorgeous Johnny Depp is, and knowing his heritage, it only fits that he plays Tonto.

Even thought The Lone Ranger has been through movie-hell, it's beginning to feel like things are looking up for this funny western, due out summer 2013.

I think it's a perfect match for Johnny's quick wit, saying so much with just a few words, and with his amazing talent, playing The Lone Ranger's Kemo Sabe, will be a cinch for him.

Johnny is a natural for this one, and with his Native American (Cherokee/Navajo) heritage, I'm sure it will only add to Tonto's authenticity, but I'm sure we can expect a little eccentricity added for good measure. I for one, can hardly wait for this to be brought to the silver screen.

Johnny chose a tribe to live with to prepare for Tonto, (just like he lived with Hunter S Thompson to prepare for his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas role....).

The film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto, a Native American warriro and Armie Hammer as John Reid. The two work together in a fight against corruption and greed.

"The Lone Ranger" brings reunites Depp with Verbinski, after the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is also working on this project.

Fictional vigilante "The Lone Ranger" first appeared in US radio in the 1930s. The character appeared in television series The Lone Ranger from 1949-1957, and has been the protagonist in a handful films, including 1981's poorly received The Legend of the Lone Ranger.

SEE videos and slideshow of Johnny Depp as he chats with fans for The Lone Ranger Q&A at CinemaCon in Vegas here.

SEE OFFICIAL new trailer of The Lone Ranger here.

Depp revealed origins of Tonto makeup, and being “full blooded Comanche”. Johnny Depp was even adopted into the Comanche Nation, and in their language, Johnny's name means 'shapeshifter'. In honoring the Native American, Johnny has also agreed to be the spokesperson for teen suicide prevention in Navajo and bring light to how issues of stereotyping are real and incredibly problematic.

Depp's maternal great-grandmother, Minnie, was a full-blooded Cherokee and Depp also has Cherokee and Navajo ancestry on his father's side see (Cherokee maternal grandfather according to Depp himself)

Greg Dean Schmitz from Rotton Tomatoes had this to say,

"Soon after news broke, AICN received a tip about who might be starring with Depp as the title character: George Clooney. If that's true, this movie just jumped up highly on my anticipation scale, because both Clooney and Depp are funny, charismatic screen presences, and the two of them as one of the most classic movie pairs ever, could actually be a really entertaining thing to watch.

I agree with Greg wholeheartedly and can not wait for this one...

UPDATE: Armie Hammer playing The Lone Ranger, and looks like he'll make a good one.

The Lone Ranger finally finished went through the ringer and many thought that it might never make it to the silver screen after drowning in development hell from the Weinstein Co. being interested in purchasing rights from Classic Media in Jan. 2007 and ultimately falling through, and later Classic Media's parent company Entertainment Rights optioned it, then Jerry Bruckheimer (w/ Entertainment Rights) set The Lone Ranger up at Walt Disney Pictures while Terry Russio and Ted Elliot (worked on Pirates of the Caribbean series) are supposedly writing the script in May of 2007.

Then, Disney announced in September of 2008 that everyone's favorite pirate would be playing the part of Tonto (who played the sagacious though laconic Native American sidekick we all remember calling his friend the Lone Ranger, "Kemo Sabe" , which translates to "trusty scout". When asked about it, Johnny said he never understood why Tonto was the sidekick.

Wikipedia fact:

Disney's production would not be without coincidence. When Walt Disney built the Disneyland Hotel, the owner of the rights to The Lone Ranger franchise was the Wrather Corporation, and was coincidentally the hotel's actual owner. The Disney Corporation eventually bought the hotel from Wrather but the hotel's steakhouse continued to carry Bonita Granville Wrather's name for many years afterward.

Johnny chose a tribe to live with to prepare for the role:

A source tells UGO News, "Johnny has identified a tribe and wants to live with them as part of his preparation for the movie. He wants to depict Tonto as a true Indian and not a cliché from an old Western.

Johnny was even adopted into Native American Comanche Nation tribe.

All I can say is it wouldn't matter what Johnny decided to be in...I would go see it!


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IMDB Filmography for Johnny Depp

In Development:

  1. Wild Roses, Tender Roses
  2. My American Lover
  3. Caliber
  4. Affected Provincial's Companion (details only on IMDbPro)
  5. Inamorata (details only on IMDbPro)
  6. Rex Mundi (details only on IMDbPro)
  7. The People's Act of Love (details only on IMDbPro)
  8. The Lone Ranger (details only on IMDbPro)
  9. In the Hand of Dante (details only on IMDbPro)
  10. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (details only on IMDbPro)
  11. Happy Days (details only on IMDbPro)
  12. Shantaram (details only on IMDbPro)
  13. Dark Shadows (details only on IMDbPro)
  14. Dali (details only on IMDbPro)


  • In Production
  • 2010s
  • 2000s
  • 1990s
  • 1980s
  1. Sin City 3 (2012) (in production) (rumored) .... Wallace
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2012) (pre-production) (rumored)
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) (pre-production) ....
  4. Rango (2011) (post-production) (voice) .... Rango
  5. The Tourist (2011) (post-production) .... Frank Taylor
  6. The Rum Diary (2010) (post-production) .... Paul Kemp

  7. Alice in Wonderland (2010) .... Mad Hatter
    ... aka "Alice in Wonderland: An IMAX 3D Experience" - USA (IMAX version)

  8. Public Enemies (2009) .... John Dillinger
  9. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) .... Imaginarium Tony 1
  10. "SpongeBob SquarePants" .... Jack Kahuna Laguna (1 episode, 2009)
    ... aka "SpongeBob" - USA (short title)
    - SpongeBob vs. the Big One (2009) TV episode (voice) .... Jack Kahuna Laguna
  11. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) .... Sweeney Todd
    ... aka "Sweeney Todd" - USA (short title)
  12. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) .... Jack Sparrow
    ... aka "P.O.T.C. 3" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
    ... aka "Pirates 3" - USA (informal short title)
    ... aka "Pirates of Caribbean: World End" - Japan (English title)
  13. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) .... Jack Sparrow
    ... aka "P.O.T.C. 2" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
    ... aka "Pirates 2" - USA (informal short title)
  14. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow (2006) (VG) (voice) .... Jack Sparrow
  15. Corpse Bride (2005) (voice) .... Victor Van Dort
    ... aka "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" - Singapore (English title), USA (complete title)
  16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) .... Willy Wonka
    ... aka "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The IMAX Experience" - USA (IMAX version)
  17. The Libertine (2004) .... Rochester
  18. Finding Neverland (2004) .... Sir James Matthew Barrie
  19. Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (2004) .... L'inconnu
    ... aka "...And They Lived Happily Ever After" - International (English title)
    ... aka "Happily Ever After" - USA (DVD title)
  20. "King of the Hill" .... Yogi Victor (1 episode, 2004)
    - Hank's Back (2004) TV episode (voice) .... Yogi Victor
  21. Secret Window (2004) .... Mort Rainey
  22. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) .... Sands
    ... aka "Legend of Mexico" - Japan (English title)
  23. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) .... Jack Sparrow
    ... aka "P.O.T.C." - USA (promotional abbreviation)
  24. From Hell (2001) .... Inspector Frederick Abberline
  25. Blow (2001) .... George Jung
  26. "The Fast Show" .... Customer in suit store (1 episode, 2000)
    ... aka "Brilliant!" - USA (cable TV title)
    - The Last Ever Fast Show (2000) TV episode .... Customer in suit store
  27. Chocolat (2000) .... Roux
  28. Before Night Falls (2000) .... Bon Bon / Lieutenant Victor
    ... aka "Antes que anochezca" - USA (Spanish title)
  29. The Man Who Cried (2000) .... Cesar

  30. Sleepy Hollow (1999) .... Ichabod Crane
  31. The Astronaut's Wife (1999) .... Commander Spencer Armacost
    ... aka "Noise" - Japan (English title)
  32. The Ninth Gate (1999) .... Dean Corso
  33. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) .... Raoul Duke
  34. The Brave (1997) .... Raphael
  35. Donnie Brasco (1997) .... Donnie Brasco / Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone
    ... aka "Fake" - Japan (English title)
  36. Nick of Time (1995) .... Gene Watson
  37. Dead Man (1995) .... William Blake
    ... aka "Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man" - USA (complete title)
  38. Don Juan DeMarco (1994) .... Don Juan
  39. Ed Wood (1994) .... Ed Wood
  40. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) .... Gilbert Grape
  41. Benny & Joon (1993) .... Sam
  42. Arizona Dream (1993) .... Axel Blackmar
  43. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) (as Oprah Noodlemantra) .... Guy on TV
  44. Edward Scissorhands (1990) .... Edward Scissorhands
  45. "21 Jump Street" .... Officer Tom Hanson (71 episodes, 1987-1990)
    - Blackout (1990) TV episode .... Officer Tom Hanson
    - How I Saved the Senator (1990) TV episode .... Officer Tom Hanson
    - Last Chance High (1990) TV episode .... Officer Tom Hanson
    - La Bizca (1990) TV episode .... Officer Tom Hanson
    - Awomp-Bomp-Aloobomb, Aloop Bamboom (1990) TV episode .... Officer Tom Hanson
    (66 more)
  46. Cry-Baby (1990) .... Cry-Baby

  47. "Hotel" .... Rob Cameron (1 episode, 1987)
    - Unfinished Business (1987) TV episode .... Rob Cameron
  48. Platoon (1986) .... Lerner
  49. Slow Burn (1986) (TV) .... Donnie Fleischer
  50. "Lady Blue" .... Lionel Viland (1 episode, 1985)
    - Beasts of Prey (1985) TV episode .... Lionel Viland
  51. Private Resort (1985) .... Jack
  52. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) .... Glen Lantz


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      Candice Collins 5 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      LOL.. I don't blame you... but me on the other hand... think Johnny can do no wrong. I love him in all his incarnations and characters, and so looking forward to what he does with this one. :)

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      Chris Neal 5 years ago from Fishers, IN

      As a big OTR fan and guy who liked the old radio shows...

      As a guy who grew up in the 70's and 80's and have seen the changes demographics and relations between different people groups...

      As a guy who's seen the way they massacre (no pun intended) Mr. Reid and Tonto in various modern incarnations...

      As a guy who's old enough to have seen all of Depp's artistic ability and all of his antisocial weirdness...

      Having seen how far we've come and how far there is to go...

      I'm witholding judgement until I've actually seen the movie.

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      kims3003 6 years ago

      Very well done Hub - quite impressive

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      geegee77 7 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      I love love Johnny Depp that movie sounds like it'll be awsome great hub:) ge

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      Candice Collins 7 years ago from WestCoast Florida


      thanks for the comments! and for attaching this hub to yours do you do that?

      I'll attach yours to mine as well :) love it!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I imagine that between the two of them, this will be a humorous take on the Lone Ranger. Never miss a Johnny Depp movie.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      I'm going to attach this hub to my own johnny depp site. I think people would love to read it. :) Great job! (Yes, I'm aware I commented once before). LOL

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      Candice Collins 7 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      I'm sure he'll put his own spin on this he does with all his characters, I'm also sure his Tonto will be absolutely hilarious! I can't wait for it to come out, anything Johnny's in is usually top notch (for me anyway)...just love him.

      thanks for your comments!!!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Will be an interesting movie - no doubt he will add his own unique spin on this as he did Jack Spratt. Maybe a little Keith Richards country and Western?

      I had no idea he had made 50 movies!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      Oh neat, I can't wait to see him on the big screen again.