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'The Lone Ranger': Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski discuss production woes

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Can director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer make a “Lone Ranger” film appeal to a generation of young adults who have never heard of Tonto or Silver the horse?

We'll soon find out as audiences take in “The Lone Ranger,” the big-screen adaptation of the 1949 TV series which debuted July 3 and stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer of “The Social Network.” The characters in the TV series originally appeared on a radio show, circa 1933, and also appeared in a series of films later in the 1930s. Even later films with the characters included 1956’s “The Lone Ranger” and 1958’s “The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold,” both of which starred the lead actors from the TV series, Clayton Moore (who portrayed the titular Lone Ranger) and Jay Silverheels (who took on the role of Tonto). A 1981 film titled “The Legend of the Lone Ranger” had different actors portray the characters.

But even Verbinski says that pop culture had moved on past the Lone Ranger when he was growing up.

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