Next year, Disney's bringing back The Lone Ranger in a Gore Verbinski adaptation that will expose a new generation to the masked man. The film stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar), who'll play a slightly different version of the character.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Hammer discussed his new take on the role. He's not playing him as a cookie-cutter hero. He affectionately describes him as "the rock 'n' roll Lone Ranger."
"Our take is darker and more complex, more action-packed and more badass than the old TV show. It's a 21st-century version of the character you know," Hammer said. "There's a little of the Dark Knight in him. There's less moral ambiguity, but there are definite similarities. They're both vigilantes who feel they have to wear a mask to serve justice because the people who are supposed to be doing it aren't."
To say the Lone Ranger's image has been in retirement would be an understatement. But despite the absence, Hammer thinks he'll still strike a chord with audiences.
"I think The Lone Ranger will always resonate with people as a seeker of justice in the same way Spider-Man or Batman does. And I think we're doing a great job of making the character accessible to everyone, from the seven-year-old kid who brings his cap gun to the theater to the 80-year-olds who remember the original radio show."
The Lone Ranger opens in theaters July 3, 2013.
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