Armie Hammer is to be the Lone Ranger, according to reports.
The Social Network actor is set for the iconic role in Disney's adaptation of the 1940s TV show, joining Johnny Depp as the Ranger's trusty sidekick Tonto, reported Variety.
Gore Verbinski, who collaborated with Johnny in Rango, will be in the director's chair, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
"I think it'll have its own tone. It's going to have a whole different feel to it than what we've done in the past, but it'll be special because Johnny is in it. He's got a real interesting take on the character of Tonto," said Jerry.
Johnny added: "I feel like what we're creating within these story meetings and script meetings, and in terms of character and story, I couldn't say that you could compare it to Pirates, but I suppose that, tonally, there is a relationship because there's a fascination with the absurd that's involved in The Lone Ranger as well. There's an irreverence, but you need that. You have to have that."
Production on The Lone Ranger is expected to begin after Johnny wraps Tim Burton's Dark Shadows adaptation.
It's an exciting time for Armie, who played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. He is playing the prince alongside Julia Roberts in Tarsem Singh's Snow White, and has a role in J Edgar, Clint Eastwood's biopic of the late FBI director.