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Now that the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie has finished shooting, Johnny Depp is looking forward to his next major Disney film: a remake of the classic Western TV series The Lone Ranger, in which Depp will play... Tonto? Yep, the twice-voted Sexiest Man Alive will be playing the role of the Lone Ranger's faithful Native American sidekick. So if Depp is the sidekick, who could fill the role of leading man? The Oscar-winning actor has a couple ideas.
"There's so many interesting possibilities out there," Depp tells Entertainment Tonight. "Brad Pitt would be great. George Clooney would be great. Don't know who it's going to be just yet."
Sounds perfect either way! But what's behind Depp choosing to play the quirky sidekick instead of the Masked Man himself? Depp, who is part Cherokee, actually feels strongly about the role, because Tonto is one of pop culture's most famous Native Americans -- and he wasn't always portrayed in a flattering light. The character in the original series spoke in pidgin English and was perfectly happy to play second fiddle to the star cowboy.
"Tonto needs to be in charge," Depp told Vanity Fair when he was still considering the role. "The Lone Ranger should be a fool, a lovable one, but a fool nonetheless."
"Native Americans in cinema, over the past however many decades, have been treated somewhat shabbily," Depp now tells ET. "This (movie) has plans to rectify that."
The Lone Ranger is the newest in a line of classic roles that have been re-created by Johnny Depp, including Willie Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005), the Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland, 2010), and vampire Barnabas Collins in the upcoming Dark Shadows movie.
Depp's next feature film, The Tourist with Angelina Jolie, comes out on December 10th.
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