- Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, James Badge Dale, Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, James Frain, Chad Brummett, Matt O'Leary, Nick W. Nicholson, Lew Temple, Harry Treadaway, W. Earl Brown, Leon Rippy, Timothy V. Murphy, Mason Cook, Damon Herriman, Joaquín Cosio, Robert Baker, Christopher Hagen, Landall Goolsby, Travis Hammer, JD Cullum, Tait Fletcher, Tina Parker, Saginaw Grant, Grover Coulson, Gio Dangadze, Bryant Prince, Jason E. Hill, James P. Bennett, Allison Marie Volk, Joel Thingvall, Edward Khmara, Damon Carney, Steve Corona, Laina Loucks
- Director: Gore Verbinski
- Writers: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Justin Haythe
- Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski
- Executive Producers: Johnny Depp, Eric Ellenbogen, Ted Elliott, Eric McLeod, Chad Oman, Terry Rossio, Mike Stenson
- Art Direction: Jon Billington
- Casting: Denise Chamian
- Costume Design: Penny Rose
- D.O.P.: Bojan Bazelli
- Editors: James Haygood, Craig Wood
- Makeup: Joel Harlow
- Music: Hans Zimmer
- Production Design: Jess Gonchor
- Set Decoration: Cheryl Carasik
Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Arizona, USA; California, USA; Colorado, USA; New Mexico, USA; Utah, USA
- Production Budget: $250 million
- Production Companies: Silver Bullet Productions, Blind Wink Productions, Classic Media, Infinitum Nihil, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
- Production Schedule: 13 February 2012 - July 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Already one of the most infamous film productions of recent years, this cinematic rebooting of the American Old West character serials from the 1930s through the 1950s began life a decade ago over at Sony Pictures. Five years later it wound up with producer Jerry Bruckheimer over at Disney, and it soon became a "Pirates of the Caribbean" team re-union as actor Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski, and scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio all joined the project.
It was in mid-2011 though when the trouble began. Disney delayed the production due to concerns over the $250 million budget, and the failure of Universal's Western-genre film "Cowboys & Aliens." Those involved ended up cutting action sequences, supernatural elements from the script (basically Native American werewolf mythology), and even their own upfront fees in order to rein in the budget to a more economical $215 million. It came down to the wire but the production went forward and shooting began last February in New Mexico.
Unfortunately severe weather disruptions, set damage, and the cost of constructing period trains for the project led to cost blowouts which brought the budget back up to its original $250 million total. There were numerous delays with shooting and quite a few on-set issues, but ultimately it wrapped filming and is now in post-production ahead of its worldwide release around the July 4th weekend of 2013. Rumors of reshoots that emerged the other day have since been outright denied by Disney Pictures.
Depp plays Tonto, a Native American spirit warrior who recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. The two unlikely heroes ended up having to learn how to work together. Joining them are a mix of interesting British and American actors including "Luther" scene stealer Ruth Wilson as the love interest, Tom Wilkinson and William Fichtner as the villains, and the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, James Frain, Harry Treadaway, Matt O'Leary and "Deadwood" regulars W. Earl Brown and Leon Rippy in supporting parts.
Right now though, the big question is if the film's performance will be good enough for all the hassle to be worth it. Having gambled big and lost in recent years with the expensive failures of "John Carter" and "Mars Needs Moms," Disney needs a live-action Summer hit. 'Ranger' certainly has more of a chance, especially with former Warners chief Alan Horn now running the show, yet Westerns are still a tough sell - especially in overseas markets. Also, despite the release, 'Ranger' doesn't have the buzz around it that other Summer fare such as "Man of Steel," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Iron Man 3" have. It'll be an interesting game of wait and see in July."