Ryan Gosling is being eyed for the title role in Disney’s Gore Verbinski directed “The Lone Ranger”, which already has Johnny Depp locked in to play Lone Ranger sidekick Tonto. However, even though The Wrap reports Gosling is “in talks” for the role, Deadline insists the actor is only one of several the studio is interested in. Other actors could simply be a back-up, however, as even The Wrap says talks are still early and Gosling’s schedule may prevent him from taking the role even if he were interested. He is already locked in to begin filming the remake of “Logan’s Run” in the fall for director Nicolas Winding Refn.
The new version of “The Lone Ranger” – revolving around a masked lawman and his Native American sidekick who travels around fighting crime, first originating as a radio serial before finding legend/classic status on TV – will not cast Depp as a simple sidekick. In fact, Tonto will be the heart of the story and the voice of reason, according to Verbinski, who recently told The LA Times, “The only version of The Lone Ranger I’m interested in doing is Don Quixote told from Sancho Panza’s point of view. I was honest early on with Johnny that Tonto is the part. We’re not going to do it [straight]; everyone knows that story. I don’t want to tell that story.” Casting a young – and most likely green – Lone Ranger would certainly give Depp an edge to be the moral center of the story.
As for Gosling, many felt he was snubbed for a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his recent performance in “Blue Valentine”, which garnered co-star Michelle Williams a nod for Best Actress. He will next be seen trying comedic acting on for size in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” opposite Steve Carell and Emma Stone and recently wrapped George Clooney’s directorial venture “The Ides of March”, in which he plays a young Presidential speech writer who gets caught up in the dirty world of politics during a Democratic primary. Gosling’s prior collaboration with “Logan’s Run” director Refn, “Drive”, was just announced as an official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.