Johnny Depp back in saddle for Lone Ranger

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A thrilling action adventure tale in which a famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), 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.
October 13th, 2011

Johnny Depp will start shooting 'The Lone Ranger' on a reduced budget in February.

Production on the Gore Verbinski-directed movie was put on hold in August because of the huge budget demands required for it, but having now shaved the cost from $275 million to $215 million, Disney has committed to the project and given it a February 6 start date, Deadline.com reports.

Johnny - who will play Native American sidekick Tonto in the film adaptation - has also confirmed he knew funding for the Western would be a problem.

He said: "We knew that the budget was going to be huge initially, and we also knew that it was going to be shut down for a while, and it was kind of like we patiently wait - we shave a little bit here, we do a little bit there, [and] they fix it."

He also admits he was keen to work on the project to subvert the traditional idea of his character.

He added to MTV News: "I like the idea of having the opportunity to make fun of the idea of the Indian as a sidekick - which has always been [the case] throughout the history of Hollywood, the Native American has always been a second-class, third-class, fourth-class citizen, and I don't see Tonto that way at all. So it's an opportunity for me to salute Native Americans."