New Tonto, familiar feelings for Native Americans
Reportedly costing more than $200 million, plus yet-to-be-added marketing costs, Disney’s “Lone Ranger” is the type of film that can make or break a studio’s summer. It’s already been plagued with budget woes. The movie’s release date in 2013 was recently pushed back a month.
Having Depp in the cast assures more eyeballs will be on the screen. Depp led the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and anchored “Alice in Wonderland.” Three of those movies surpassed the rare billion-dollar mark at the worldwide box office.
But he’s worried the movie, which certainly will attract a large audience, will cement a stereotype for years to come because Hollywood doesn’t make many movies with Native American protagonists. The popular ones stick in people’s minds.
The first “Lone Ranger” did that, as did “Dances with Wolves” decades later, said Ross, an attorney who also writes a column for Indian Country Today.
“I’m not sure how much redefining I’m going to expect, not sure how much of the movie will be something I can show my son,” he said.
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Associated Press writer Russell Contreras in Albuquerque, N.M., contributed to this report.