Depp = Tonto
Yes, Disney is getting the ball rolling with yet another monstrous, gawdy Jerry Bruckheimer project, The Lone Ranger.
The Lone Ranger's origin story begins with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.
Depp has been attached to the project for some time now. Sitting patently, waiting to drop another couple of mili's into the bank to be a Native American side kick. But it looks like Clooney was deal closer that got the announcement to be made and things official. Clooney, is certainly a throw back to he Golden Age of film and will be ideally placed in this film.
The Lone Ranger, owned by Classic Media, began life as a 1930's radio show. it's popularity led to movie serials, TV shows, comics strips and books, toys, novels, and more.
We shall see what comes of this. No production date has been announced, no director, no script is in place yet (although I'm sure they have something to go off of). I heard they wanted this another tentpole for a few summer's most likely leading to a trilogy, and granted Clooney can stay in shape and keep his facial skin tight enough for it.
Now listen to this dude blast out the classic phrase.