The Lone Ranger Lassos William Fichtner

William Fichtner has landed the role of the lead villain in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, Deadline reports. He’ll replace the previously rumored Dwight Yoakam as Butch Cavendish.

Described by Verbinksi as “‘Don Quixote’ told from Sancho Panza’s point of view,” the film will star Armie Hammer as the titular western hero with Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick, Tonto. Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson and James Frain are also slated to appear.

In addition to appearing on the final season of “Entourage”, Fichtner starred in last year’s Drive Angry.

Production on The Lone Ranger is imminent and the film is targeting a May 31, 2013 release.

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