Ruth Wilson beats out Abbie Cornish and Jessica Chastain to take “The Lone Ranger” female lead

July 12, 2011 | Posted By In Casting | 690 Views

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Move over, it girls of the moment, a new kid has arrived on the block. Relatively unknown British actress Ruth Wilson has landed a highly sought after role, beating out the likes of current go-to actresses Jessica Chastain and Abbie Cornish. Wilson will now have the pleasure of playing the female lead in Gore Verbinski’s new remake of “The Lone Ranger” which sees Armie Hammer as the Masked Man and Johnny Depp as his faithful companion Tonto. Deadline broke the news.

In Verbinski’s version of the old school superhero duo casts Tonto as the moral center of the story, described as “Don Quixote told from Sancho Panza’s point of view.” Wilson’s character is Rebecca, though further details are hard to come by. It’s also unclear if she will be a love interest for Hammer or Depp, but with Verbinski reiterating and reassuring Depp that “Tonto is the part”, it might be reasonable to assume Tonto gets the girl here too.

Wilson, a veteran of British TV who earned a Golden Globe nomination in her acting debut as “Jane Eyre” in a BBC miniseries in 2006, is currently on hit British crime series “Luther” opposite Idris Elba. Depending on which films first, “The Lone Ranger” or the unfortunately named cyber bullying thriller “uwantme2killhim?” will be her big screen debut.

“The Lone Ranger” will presumably shoot this fall and already has a December 21, 2012 release date.


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