Tom Wilkinson in Talks for The Lone Ranger

Variety is reporting that Tom Wilkinson is in early talks to join Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in director Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. The Disney release is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

The trade says that he "would portray a railroad tycoon in the Old West who plays a prominent role in the Mouse House's bigscreen pair-up of Armie Hammer, as the masked Texas Ranger, and his trusty sidekick, Tonto, to be played by Johnny Depp."

Filming is scheduled to start this fall for a December 21, 2012 release.

"Pirates of the Caribbean"-franchise writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio penned the script with Justin Haythe.

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