Johnny Depp briefly appeared at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 17, where a new trailer and 20 minutes of exclusive footage from the upcoming film "The Lone Ranger" debuted.
Depp, who plays Tonto in the movie, was joined on stage at the event by director Gore Verbinski and co-star Armie Hammer.The project comes from the filmmakers of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series and sees Tonto, described as a "spirit warrior on a personal quest," joining forces with John Reid (Hammer), a lawman who becomes a masked avenger nicknamed the Lone Ranger, in a "fight for justice."
Verbinski directed Depp in the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies and this film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who also worked on the hit Disney franchise.
"The movie is an origin story," Verbinski told the crowd at CinemaCon, according to The Associated Press. "You'll get a sense about the delicate partnership that's arranged between these two guys, and their wildly diverse sense of justice."
The franchise 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." "The Lone Ranger" franchise sees the main character and Tonto fighting crime in the Old West and spurred the hero's catchphrase, "Hi-yo, Silver! Away!" He shouts it to his horse.
On Wednesday afternoon, Depp, Hammer, Verbinski and Bruckheimer appeared at a fan Q&A and Depp was asked how he prepared for the role of Tonto.
"It was just really trying to find a way in that was, or into the character that was, you know, different," Depp said. He later added, "I was always, as a kid when I watched the show, I just didn't understand why Tonto was the sidekick. I always felt a little unnerved about it."
"The goal really was to, in my own small way really, was to try to right the many wrongs that had been done to those people," he later said.
"The Lone Ranger" is set for release on July 3, 2013. Check out the trailer (above) and the Q&A (below).