This time last year Armie Hammer was practically unknown, however landing the role of the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher’s The Social Network propelled him into the big league, and the actor has since signed up to star alongside Julia Roberts in Relativity Media’s Snow White movie and will be seen later this year opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
Now according to Variety the actor has landed his biggest role to date, as Disney just signed Hammer to play The Lone Ranger.
Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is signed on to direct the movie, which the studio aims to start shooting later this year now they’ve found their guy. Johnny Depp has been attached to the film for a few years now, and will play the Ranger’s Native American companion Tonto.
Here’s the synopsis for the old draft of the script written by Pirates scribes Ted Elliott’s and Terry Rossio’s. Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) was brought on-board to re-write the script, but the premise has most likely remained the same.
The Texas Rangers chase down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish, but the gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.