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New images of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger is saddling up for a summer 2013 release, and a batch of new images from the western TV adap have been unveiled.

These new snaps come in addition to the first official image , which was unveiled by producer Jerry Bruckheimer earlier this year.

Armie Hammer plays the straight-shooting title character, but it’s Johnny Depp who’s expected to pinch scenes as Native American sidekick Tonto.

The new images (via USA Today ) give away no plot specifics, but do at least promise an incredible-looking epic. Dust flies, horses gallop, and trains chug in what could be the prettiest western since The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford .

Director Gore Verbinski ( Pirates Of The Caribbean , Rango ) describes TLR as a “dysfunctional buddy movie.”

Check out the images in full below:

Fresh reports suggest that the budget has gone as high as $250m as the shooting totals more than 140 days. Let’s hope the final product warrants the effort.

We’ll find out when The Lone Ranger opens in the UK on 9 August 2012.

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