Tom Wilkinson Probably Menacing Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger

I’m just going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing Tom Wilkinson’s role as “a railroad tycoon in the Old West who plays a prominent role” in Disney’s upcoming reboot of The Lone Ranger will mean he’s also the film’s main bad guy. I could be wrong, of course, but it’s a rare thing to find a good business tycoon in a Hollywood movie, much less one from “the Old West”. Usually they’re trying to steal land, lynching poor cowboys, or forcing Indians to give up their land for the evil railroad.

Variety has Wilkinson in talks for the role, which would mean starring opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as Tonto’s sidekick, the Lone Ranger. I know what you’re thinking — wait, isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? Nope. This reboot will find Tonto being much more than just the sidekick, while young Armie Hammer gets all the credit. White folks, am I right, Tonto?

“The Lone Ranger” rides back onto the big screen December 21, 2012 with Gore Verbinski directing. Production is scheduled to start as soon as Depp wraps up his buddy Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”.