Tom Wilkinson and Supporting Cast Returning to 'The Lone Ranger'

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:23 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Tom Wilkinson and Supporting Cast Returning to 'The Lone Ranger'

Surely you've not forgotten about the lengthy budgetary wrangling that made The Lone Ranger a big story starting back in August, when Disney decided that something like $250 million was too expensive for the western event movie.  Well, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were able to bring the budget down, and The Lone Ranger is back on with a new release date, but you don't spend months on hold then jump right back to work without getting some ducks in order.  Among those ducks are a bunch of actors, as apparently all the supporting players previously attached to the adventure tale are coming back to the project.

Tom Wilkinson, who it was already assumed would be returning, is now just about re-locked in to play the film's primary villain, a railroad tycoon by the name of Latham Cole.  According to Deadline, the two-time Oscar nominee joins British actress Ruth Wilson, the Luther actress who has now finalized her deal to star as the female lead.

But what of the other recognizable actors who were associated with the film before Disney got cold feet?  They're all in the midst of negotiations, it seems.  Provided that talks with the studio work out, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, and Dwight Yoakam will appear alongside Wilkinson and Wilson when the film arrives in the summer of 2013.

Armie Hammer is set to play the title character, the Texas Ranger who first showed up as a serialized radio hero in 1933.  Johnny Depp is, of course, playing Tonto, the masked western avenger's Native American sidekick and good buddy.  The film, which has a screenplay by Revolutionary Road writer Justin Haythe, is likely to invert that relationship at least a little though, positing Tonto as the more capable figure.

The reunion between producer Depp, Bruckheimer, and Verbinski, who directed the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, is still not a cheap project, costing Disney in excess of $200 million.  Given how well the team-up worked out on the Pirates films, though, the studio is probably happy with the way all that public back and forth worked out.

The Lone Ranger, originally set for Christmas 2012, will now see release on May 31, 2013.

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