Tom Wilkinson in Talks for The Lone Ranger

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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