“The Lone Ranger,” the movie remake of the television series, which was shelved last summer and resurrected after producers agreed to make budget cuts, started filming Tuesday, according to TheWrap.com.
The Walt Disney film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, reunites the director with his “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp, who will play the Lone Ranger’s sidekick Tonto. Armie Hammer will play the Lone Ranger.
"Production was originally scheduled to start in October. However, in August, Disney put the brakes on the project citing a budget that was initially estimated to be between $250 million and $275 million," the story says.
Verbinski and Bruckheimer trimmed the budget to around $215 million, and in October Disney announced the project was back on track.
The supporting cast includes Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton”) and William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down”), and the project will also reunite Depp with his “Sweeney Todd” and “Alice in Wonderland” co-star Helena Bonham Carter.
The film is slated to open on May 31, 2013.