Armie Hammer the Frontrunner for The Lone Ranger

 The Social Network co-star Armie Hammer is the frontrunner to take on the title role in Walt Disney Pictures’ The Lone Ranger, reports Variety. He would star opposite Johnny Depp, who has been attached to play sidekick Tonto.

To be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, the big screen adaptation was written by Justin Haythe.

Depp will next film Dark Shadows for Warner Bros. Hammer recently wrapped J. Edgar and is attached to play the prince in Relativity Media’s untitled Snow White project.

The site says that Disney is looking to start filming The Lone Ranger this year for a release in fall 2012.