At the end of the Disney panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the studio surprised fans with a screening of the first footage from Gore Verbinski's big $250 million dollar budgeted western, The Lone Ranger. The crowd went nuts over the footage! But the Comic-Con crowds tend to go crazy over most everything that's shown to them. That doesn't mean the footage was bad, because it wasn't! The footage was actually extremely cool and action packed! There were some great visuals, and everyone looked fantastic in their roles.
The trailer was obviously made to get fans pumped up; after all, they aren't going to show everyone a crappy trailer. It included trains derailing, a slo-mo silver-bullet toss, and a bunch of quick cuts of the actors faces, all set to a rocking soundtrack. The trailer focuses on the railroads and explains how trains will change American west and how it will be a new power in the country.
From the time of Alexander the Great, no man could travel faster than the horse that carried him. Not anymore. Imagine time and space under the mastery of man — power that makes emperors and kings look like fools. Whoever controls this, controls the future.
We see a few flashes of Tonto (Johnny Depp) and the Ranger (Armie Hammer). Depp's voice comes in and says, "There comes a time, kemosabe, when a good man must wear a mask." There was also a great shot at the end showing Tonto hanging on to the bottom of a train while it races down a long railroad.
As many of you know, I love me a good western, but even after being wowed by this footage I still don't see or understand the need for a $250 million dollar budget for the movie. Oh, well... it's not my money!
Jerry Bruckheimer produced the film that also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham Carter. This is going to be an exciting western, and Disney should be pumped that it got such a positive reaction from the Comic-Con fans. I just hope the full movie turns out as good as it looks.
Here's the Synopsis:
The Lone Ranger, directed by Gore Verbinski and featuring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid, the Lone Ranger, is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.