Rumor: Clooney to play Lone Ranger?

by Matthew Price Published: September 29, 2008
Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that George Clooney is reportedly interested in taking on the role of the Lone Ranger, in a planned film to star Johnny Depp as Tonto.  Jerry Bruckheimer is on hand to produce the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

These are some pretty top-of-the-A-list stars.  Clooney might seem a little older Ranger than what you’d expect, especially if the film is an origin story and anticipates sequels. On the other hand, he’s a great actor who has yet to really land a franchise hero role.  (Danny Ocean’s an anti-hero, isn’t he?) (EDIT: It was pointed out I’m leaving out Batman, here. I had meant to say “successful franchise,” which “Batman & Robin” wasn’t, though Batman without Clooney has gone on to do pretty well.)

There is some question in the Hollywood Reporter article that Depp’s casting could offend American Indian groups; the article does point out Depp is of mixed ancestry, including Cherokee.

“The Lone Ranger” doesn’t yet have a director, but is being written by the writers of “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

– Matt Price

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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