Armie Hammer, who played the Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network," has been cast as the Lone Ranger in a film reboot that also stars Johnny Depp as the masked hero's Native American companion, Tonto.
The franchise, which features the duo fighting crime in the Old West, spurred the Lone Ranger's catchphrase that he shouts to his horse: "Hi-yo, Silver! Away!"
"The Lone Ranger" began as a radio series in the 1930s and inspired films, television shows, comic books and records, as well as the spin-off "The Green Hornet," which was also adapted into a comic series and a 2011 film starring Seth Rogen. Clayton Moore played the Lone Ranger in the television series that ran between 1949 and 1957.
Hammer's spokesperson confirmed his casting to OnTheRedCarpet.com. The 24-year-old actor is best known for playing Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss in 2010's Oscar-winning film, "The Social Network." The actor also appeared on several episodes of CW's "Gossip Girl" and in the movies "Billy: The Early Years" and "Flicka."
Gore Verbinski, who directed Depp in the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and the animated movie "Rango," is the director of the new "Lone Ranger" movie, which is being distributed by Disney and could hit theaters as early as next year, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Hammer has also signed on to play Clyde Tolson in the J. Edgar Hoover biopic, "J. Edgar" which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and is set for release in February 2011.
In the fairy tale, which spurred a 1937 animated Disney film, the Evil Queen aims to destroy her stepdaughter after a magic mirror tells her Snow White is the fairest one in the land. In the film adaptation, Snow White and the seven dwarfs work to reclaim their destroyed kingdom from the Evil Queen.
"The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" is due for release in 2012 and is currently in development. A script has been written but a production schedule has not yet been released.Another "Snow White" film adaptation, "Snow White and the Huntsman," also in the works.
"Twilight" actress Kristen Stewart is reportedly being courted for the starring role.