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Armie Hammer In 'The Lone Ranger': Johnny Depp's Tonto Gets Teammate

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First Posted: 05/18/11 09:14 AM ET Updated: 07/18/11 06:12 AM ET

Since making audiences see double as both Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network," Armie Hammer has been working to plaster his face all over every other Hollywood epic, too. Now, we'll get to see how that increasingly ubiquitous face looks beneath a cowboy hat.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Hammer has officially won the role of the Lone Ranger in Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski's re-imagining of the classic western radio and TV serials. Hammer in late April was reported to be in negotiations for the part; previously, Ryan Gosling was rumored to be a potential fit.

The masked lawman part he'll take on, though, will be a bit different than the fearless avenger that people remember. Depp, who will be playing the Native American Tonto, is planning a different spin on the classic story; in this new version, Tonto will take the lead in fighting crime, instead of always listening to what the Ranger's commands.

"When the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to -- 'eliminate' isn't possible -- but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head," Depp told EW.

"The Lone Ranger" is the latest major project for Hammer; he's currently filming his role as Clyde Tolson in the FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover biopic, "J. Edgar," with Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood, and just signed on to play the Prince in the Kristen Stewart-led fairy tale retelling, "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White."

He's also attached to star in the psychological thriller, "2:22."

For more, click over to Entertainment Weekly.

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