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Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid in “The Lone Ranger,” now under production in New Mexico and scheduled for release in May 2013. (Walt Disney Studios photo by Peter Mountain)

Update:The trailer to the movie “The Lone Ranger” is now up on the Internet. To view it, click HERE.
New Mexico — Disney Studios recently released a “First Look” photo from “The Lone Ranger,” currently in production here. The movie started filming in February with production planned in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Shiprock and other locations around the state through the middle of August, according to the New Mexico Film Office.
The shot shows Johnny Depp as Tonto, a spirit warrior, and Armie Hammer as John Reid, the Lone Ranger.
Depp has promised that he will portray Tonto in a way to right the number of times Native Americans have badly represented in films. Depp has said he has Native American blood and notes that his great grandmother was either Cherokee or Creek.
The film is directed by Gore Verbinski, who directed Depp in three “Pirates of the Caribbean” flicks, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Bruckheimer/Disney Films.
Local officials in Albuquerque and Santa Fe praised the economic impact this movie will have on their cities as did Gov. Susana Martinez, who told us that “The Lone Ranger is proof that New Mexico’s film industry is alive and well.”
Projected release date for The Lone Ranger is May 31, 2013.