Hammer is playing the title character in the comedy-western, while Depp will play his sidekick Tonto in the film Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and Gore Verbinski is directing. The characters previously appeared in comic books, a TV show and numerous films.
E! News said Wednesday "The Lone Ranger" shoot is starting with exterior shots and studio work in New Mexico. The production then will move on to Arizona, Utah and Colorado.
Depp, Bruckheimer and Verbinski previously collaborated on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" blockbuster franchise.
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