Two months to the day that word broke that Walt Disney Pictures had halted production on The Lone Ranger, comes word, via Deadline, that budgetary conflicts have been worked out and that the film will move forward, eyeing a February 6, 2012 start date.
Described by Verbinksi as “‘Don Quixote’ told from Sancho Panza’s point of view,” the film will star Armie Hammer as the titular western hero with Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick, Tonto. The supporting cast includes Ruth Wilson, Dwight Yoakam, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale and Barry Pepper. There’s no word yet on whether or not the shifting schedule may lead to recasting, but check back soon for updates as soon as they’re available.
Originally planned for December 21, 2012 release, The Lone Ranger will also likely arrive later than originally planned, though no date has officially been set.