Armie Hammer In Talks to Saddle Up for The Lone Ranger

With Disney having tentatively scheduled Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp’s “The Lone Ranger” for sometime in 2014, I figure there’s no real rush to cast someone opposite Depp’s Tonto. But the latest candidate for the gig comes in the form of one Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”), one of those young Hollywood bucks that are constantly being mentioned for various roles because suits are high on him, probably cause of his shiny smile.

Deadline has Hammer in “early talks” to hi-yo silver it up with Depp in the latest take on the Western hero. Depp has been set as Tonto for what seems like ages now, along with his “Pirates” director Verbinski, who has also been attached to direct for just as long.

Of course, last we heard Ryan Gosling was up for the gig, too, and that didn’t happen.

In any case, 2014 is a long ways off, so take your time, Disney. Hammer’s already got Relativity’s “Snow White” to take care of first anyhow.

If true, though, it’ll be pretty amazing that they’re going this young. Hammer is in his early ’20s, and Depp is already pushing towards the big 5-0, so you gotta wonder what exactly Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have in mind that they’re even thinking about casting all these young kids to star opposite Depp. What is Tonto in this movie, the father figure to the white “hero”? Color me intrigued.