First trailer for Disney's The Lone Ranger: watch now

The first trailer for Disney’s The Lone Ranger has shown up online, after debuting on US television.

The big-screen adaptation of the TV/radio character comes courtesy of director Gore Verbinski, who brings his Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp along for the ride.

If this footage is anything to go by, the film will feature trains, lots of trains. And a lawman who needs to wear a mask (although how anyone could fail to identify Hammer from his cartoonishly striking jaw is beyond us).

What really took us by surprise though was the dearth of big laughs. Anyone expecting a Jack Sparrow-esque, OTT portrayal from Depp is in for a disappointment (in this trailer at least).

Could the serious tone end up being a box-office hinderance? Time will tell. Verbinski clearly showcased his love of westerns in Rango , and looks to be pouring his heart out again here.

Check out the trailer below:


The Lone Ranger opens in the UK on 9 August 2013.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.