Johnny Depp to star in new `Lone Ranger` movie

London: Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp is all set to star in a new Disney film adaptation of `The Lone Ranger`.

The 47-year-old actor will play Tonto, usually the Lone Ranger`s sidekick, but in this version the roles will be altered and the Lone Ranger will be Tonto`s sidekick, reported Contactmusic.

Once again Depp will reunite with Jerry Bruckheimer, who is producing the film, and Gore Verbinski, who after directing the first three `Pirates of the Caribbean` films and the animated movie `Rango`, will also helm this one.

"I remember watching it as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going, `Why is the Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?`.

"I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to - `eliminate` isn`t possible - but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head," Depp said.

After much speculation Armie Hammer, who previously appeared as the Winklevoss twins in `The Social Network`, has been cast as the Lone Ranger.

Johnny Depp is currently starring in the `Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides`, the fourth movie in the franchise.