It was announced long ago that Johnny Depp would play Tonto in Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, but the director recently declared that the film will in fact be told through Tonto's eyes and not through those of the Lone Ranger. Verbinski spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the shift in perspective, explaining that he hopes to tell a new version of the Lone Ranger story.
"The only version of The Lone Ranger I'm interested in doing is Don Quixote told from Sancho Panza's point of view,” Verbinski said. "And hence I was honest early on with Johnny that Tonto is the part. We're not going to do it [straight], everyone knows that story. I don't want to tell that story."
Verbinski continued: "I want the version from the untrustworthy narrator who might be a little crazy - but somehow the question is, is he crazy or is the world crazy? That, I find fascinating."
Verbinski and Depp have made four films together. Their next collaboration, the animated feature Rango, is released in US and UK cinemas on March 4. It opens in Australia on March 10.