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There aren’t a lot of pictures of Johnny Depp on the internet and he’s not very good looking…but for you, my beloved online friends, I braved pages and pages of web content searching for images of the chiseled cheek bones, dreamy eyes and perfect pout that filled my seventh grade dreams (à la 21 Jump St.)…
Ehhmm, anyway…the reports are IN that Mr. Depp himself has been hard at work in ABQ over the past few days.
Now in star sighting news of the day OHI has learned that Depp was on hand locally, completing test shots with an equine co-star.
Here for your viewing pleasure are the results of my stock image search, to help your minds eye in seeing that that would go something like this:
Between dueling chopper shots* of a mysterious and remote set, to our own ABC** affiliate broadcasting their interview with the New Mexico extras casting director for The Lone Ranger (record scratch…aka “Silver Bullet” – worst kept secret in town btw and there’s a lot of ‘em) Disney’s The Lone Ranger continues kicking-up dust in the New Mexico desert like no other production before it has.
You may recall this whole extravaganza kicked-off when this was the shoot that almost never was, but director, producer and stars alike dug in their boot heels and made it happen. Salary cuts and budget wrangling aside The Lone Ranger will likely continue to spur controversy right up until its DVD/Blu-ray™ release.
The film has already landed on apocalyptic predictions lists as possibly being “the last movie you’ll ever see“, as its first estimated premiere date aligns with the Mayan calendar’s forecast of the end of the world.
So while Marvel’s** entire crew of mighty Avengers were able to sweep in and out of town with ~less ruckus than TLR has had thus far, don’t count the masked man, his loyal sidekick or New Mexico out of the controversial headlines for the duration of filming.
Why, even our little space here on the web has been hit with a trickling trail of fury when this blogger chose to publish these pics sent in to us of some rather generic western props – leading to some healthy industry banter?
“Shame on you for posting this! Is your purpose to support the NM film industry and the local New Mexican’s [sic] it employees [sic] or are you one of the weak links in the chain that will cause what remains of the NM film industry to most certainly disappear?” – fb comment
“It must be pictures like these that drove them away from Hollywood….”
- Industry Journalist
Wielding this kind of
power delusion to stir-up such controversy, perhaps this blogger can now lead the charge in the next round of TLR Escándalo:
One of the most hotly contested debates from the word “Yo” on this project was the casting of the still smoldering Johnny Depp as Tonto.
While this touch of Chinese, Mexican girl with smatterings of alleged Native American and Irish descent can appreciate the demand to cast true to race, the bigger picture on this big picture is clear, and that is that hundreds of many races now have a chance at work on this sure to be blockbuster New Mexico production (unlike this lost production – but I’m the one running film out of NM).
BUT MOREOVER – The smoking (pun intended) hot Armie Hammer, who’s cast as The Lone Ranger himself, IS NOT FROM TEXAS!
The LONE RANGER was written as a Texas cowboy qué no? Boy is from L.A. Escándaloso up!
*KRQE did it first
**Parent co. Disney
New Mexico, Film & Entertainment, get into it with us on Facebook here.
I have NO IDEA which New Mexico production these stills, of what look like western set props, on the lot just outside of what appears to be the famed Stage 4 of Albuquerque Studios could be for – HOWEVER, they seem to look very aLONE on the RANGEr, as captured sometime this week…
There’s no way of knowing for certain exactly when these shots were taken since they’ve turned up via field mouse, who seems to have inadvertently snapped them while en route from one New Mexico location to another to fulfill the remainder of his entries for the great “Get the Picture” campaign…going on now!
While gaggles (including yours truly) gathered at the state capitol today, to lobby to keep New Mexico film incentives not only enticing but alive, the rest of the world waits with bated breath to see the next development from the NM hosted production of Disney’s, The Lone Ranger.
Variety has pointedly eluded to a Lone Ranger production meeting going down in the Land of Enchantment, scheduled to include the film’s stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, this week!
This morning NM’s own Skyranger gets an aerial look at a prospective set.
Check out our longstanding LR coverage here.
Just days after social net gossip placed Johnny Depp and/or Depp-like forces at work in the Q, the following casting notice for the star’s upcoming New Mexico film has been released, confirming there will be an Albuquerque Metro shoot, in addition to the Shiprock, NM area filming:
The western movie “Silver Bullet” is looking for Asians, men women and children, to work as extras in scenes being shot in the Albuquerque Area.
EG Casting will be holding a special casting call for Asians to meet with the casting director, Elizabeth Gabel.
When: Saturday February 4
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Far Horizon Studio
304 Washington SE
Pictured left to right, actors James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Ruth Wilson (confirmed female lead), Tom Wilkinson (confirmed villian) and Helena Bonham Carter are set or in talks to round out the lead cast, under Johnny Depp’s Tonto and Armie Hammer in the title role for the confirmed New Mexico shoot of Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”.
With recent and upcoming casting calls for “Silver Bullet” being held in New Mexico, neither Disney or the local casting director have confirmed or denied any association between the two titles – however Disney has released the following preliminary synopsis for the NM shoot…
“Left for dead in an ambush with five other Texas Rangers, lawman John Reid (Armie Hammer) survives and is nursed back to health by an Indian scout named Tonto (Johnny Depp). He then dons a mask to avenge the murders of his comrades and to foil evil doers, never accepting payment for his services. His gratis vigilantism is made possible by the silver mine he inherits from one of his slain brothers – the same mine that affords him an endless supply of his trademark silver bullets.”
Per the popular, Farmington New Mexico edition of The Daily-Times, Silver Bullet casting director Elizabeth Gabel says, “besides the large numbers, we are also looking for some very specific roles, like a trapeze artist and circus performers.”
Furthermore Gabel tells the publication that she is “looking for both males and females with American Indian heritage, men with lots of facial hair and people that could be of Irish descent” adding that casting will go on over the entire production process which is slated through August 2012.
With that we say, “Hi-yo, Silver! Away!”
I like the character of Tonto. I think I have interesting plans for the character, and I think the film itself could be entertaining and very funny. But also I like the idea of having the opportunity to make fun of the idea of the Indian as a sidekick — which has always been [the case] throughout the history of Hollywood, the Native American has always been a second-class, third-class, fourth-class citizen, and I don’t see Tonto that way at all. So it’s an opportunity for me to salute Native Americans.
- Johnny Depp on portraying a Native American character in The Lone Ranger
The most trusted website on the internets (not really) is reporting that Johnny Depp will take a big pay cut to film “The Lone Ranger”.
Walt Disney Pictures has come to financial terms with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, and other key members of the cast and crew of “The Lone Ranger”. Changes include a reduction in the budget from $250 million to approximately $200 million. Filming will still take place in New Mexico, with some additional filming in Utah instead of Texas as originally planned. The film’s remaining supporting cast are still being cast in Los Angeles, and smaller speaking roles, extras, stand-ins, and photo-doubles for the film’s stars are being cast in New Mexico and Utah.
There had been a huge extras casting call scheduled in Silver City, New Mexico on August 21, 2011. Disney pulled the plug just one week before the call was to take place. The studio claimed that the budget was just too high. Director Gore Verbinski had already finalized the shooting script and signed on his lead actors, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp – both of which would have to be paid whether the project went further or not. The Screen Actors Guild never removed “The Lone Ranger” from it’s (sic) production list, leading to speculation that this delay has been nothing more that a ploy by the studio to get the budget reduced by $50 million.
In addition to cast and crew changes, other cuts include reducing the amount of CGI effects, and vendors working on the film such as special effects houses and even hotels have agreed to accept reduced guaranteed fees in order to assure that the costs of the production remain acceptable to the studio. There was also several pricey steam locomotive train sequences that were to be in the film, but have now been cancelled to further cut costs.
As I guaranteed your Depp loving souls (and here Johnny himself cooed words of comfort)…
MULTIPLE outlets are reporting, and Deadline gets the scoop, with “sources close to the production” saying that Disney WILL in fact ride with The Lone Ranger, including the coveted Johnny Depp as Tonto, cost-cutting director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer still on board.
The budget overhaul that’s been in the works for weeks is said to be trimmed by over $30M, opening-up the horizon for an expected early Q1 2012 production start…
UPDATE 08/14/11: #ontherecord The Lone Ranger WILL RIDE, New Mexico style! “I guarantee it.” Joe Namath style! So says I.
“I think everything will work out as it should,”
- Johnny Depp
…on the fate of NM’s Own Lone Ranger amid current “reports” that budget rebuilding talks are underway to commence on the production since calls for its “break-down” last week…”crew was told Wednesday night to hold off on tearing down a Western town set that had been built for the production in New Mexico”.
Disney has officially strapped-on its fancy dancin’ spurs and is really kickin’ things up something fierce.
In events reminiscent of the great (Disney née Marvel) Avengers script debacle of…well, earlier this year, reports began flooding the web (and our inbox) Friday night that the great Mouse House in the sky is saying
neigh nay to the sky-high price tag on the Gore Verbinski sure to be epic version of The Lone Ranger starring the anything but cheap as he is valuable Johnny Depp and the incomparable Helena Bonham Carter (plus that doubly hot guy Armie Hammer as the masked man himself).
If a ruckus is required to balance that budget and/or to keep the already globaly amped-up buzz about this film rolling to achieve rolling tape…then we’re well on our way…Almost as soon as the PRODUCTION SHUT-DOWN NEWS hit the wires like some unholy gale force wall of New Mexico grown tumbleweeds VARIETY was quick to report that “sources close to the production” are saying whoa silver! The film “is far from dead”.
As any “skilled rider” will tell ya’ a little, “easy, easy, there big fella” can go a long way…so New Mexico may well keep hold of the mouse in our house as this story is just getting started! Giddyup!
And I say again (I’m looking at you New Mexico Tourism), let the Kid rest in peace we’ve got real life (south)western dramz hitting the global market on the regular!
Just in time for (post) spirit-week a “MAJOR MOTION PICTURE” will be holding an open casting call for extras in Silver City, NM later this month. The production will shoot in Silver City and Deming this October before moving to the Albuquerque area before the end of the year (scheduled).
Sunday August 21
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHAT, From Elizabeth Gabel Casting:
The production is looking for Native Americans, Asians, Anglos, Hispanics and African Americans of all ages, as well as expert horse riders to appear in non-speaking roles in this major Hollywood film. These are all paid positions.
Please bring a headshot and know your sizes in inches. If you have a profile on *THIS SITE you DO NOT have to attend the casting call.
*Note: To register with the extras casting director for this project without attending the call click here.
This site, OneHeadlightInk.com is not a casting agency nor casting director affiliate.
The guy who was hot enough to be spliced into two hot guys ;) in The Social Network has been cast as the Lone Ranger in Disney’s upcoming NM/TX production.
Armie Hammer will Hi-yo Silver siddle-up to Johnny Depp’s Tonto in the film scheduled to shoot from Oct. 2011 through May 2012 with an apocalyptic premiere date scheduled for Dec. 21, 2012
Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski will take up the reins, navigating cast and crew through the adapted screenplay by Revolutionary Road writer Justin Haythe.
Auditions for secondary roles and open casting calls for extras, stand-ins, and photo-doubles in both New Mexico and Texas will be posted as soon as they become available.
Annnnnnd now THIS: Reports of the Lone Ranger’s demise are greatly exaggerated, so says Variety – here.
Disney sure does know how to kick-up dust in its desert home of New Mexico! ;)
UPDATE 7/10/11: SUPER ~secret set construction begins! Official‘ish announcements are beginning to come out…Hi-Yo Silver! NM silver screen that is! Woot!
Those among you who care to know if the pipeline of sessy leading men will continue to flow into New Mexico – we are here for YOU!
We’ve patiently waited for stalled projects like Unbound Captives to unleash the likes of Robert Pattinson on our fair state and the pending Protection of Dwayne “The Rock Again” Johnson.
Not to be outdone, our beloved part-time New Mexicans set-up house and help out the community while their NM based productions shoot, and oodles of feature film & indie goodness roll in & out like our cool evening breezes (sigh)…
We’ve long awaited the arrival of Johnny Depp – and he may never leave if a certain Santa Fean beauty has a moment to work her charms on ‘em.
HOWEVER hot on the Disneywire today is news that Depp’s escándalo Tonto in Disney’s upcoming Lone Ranger flick has sights set on NM!
If asked, this bloggette could attest to the facts that this is a very real possibility – as we all know Disney ain’t no stranger to the Land of Enchantment, whether under their flagship moniker or with one of their acquired brands; Marvel, ABC or Sony Imageworks – we’ve long had us mouse in the house!