James Badge Dale (“Shame,” “24,” “Rubicon”) has re-emerged as the frontrunner to play the older brother of the title character in Gore Verbinski’s big-budget “The Lone Ranger” production at Disney Pictures reports Deadline.
Armie Hammer plays a Texas Ranger left for dead who dons the masked identity known as the Lone Ranger and is helped along the way by an Indian named Tonto (Johnny Depp).
Dale’s role is as Dan Reid, an ex-ranger and hero of the Old West. Dale was previously linked to the project last year before delays shut down production for several months.
He’s also been linked as one of the candidates to play the son of John McClane (Bruce Willis) in “A Good Day to Die Hard”, this casting would knock him out of the running due to scheduling conflicts.
Ruth Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, and Dwight Yoakum also star while Jerry Bruckheimer is producing. Shooting kicks off next month in Texas and New Mexico.