It seems that the leaders of the Navajo Nation are on board with the idea of Johnny Depp as Tonto in the new Disney film, The Lone Ranger.
While many have been questioning how wise it was to cast Depp as Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s Native American sidekick, it seems the Navajo are okay with it. New images have been released that show the leaders of the Nation meeting with the stars of the film as filming has moved on to their land.
Johnny Depp is seen here posing with Dr. Gayle Dine’Chacon, Surgeon General of the Navajo Nation. (via Badass Digest)
The next few come from Collider, and show Depp meeting with various leaders of the Navajo.
At least part of what we are seeing here is that perhaps he doesn’t always have the crow on his head.
And finally a picture of Armie Hammer with the leaders.
I’ve had a lot of questions about the idea of Depp in this role, but he has gone on record about how he is trying to make sure he attempts to change the view people have Native Americans. If he succeeds, more power to him as it may tke a named star like him to do it.
The Lone Ranger is being directed by Gore Verbinski (The Pirates of the Carribbean), produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and will hit theaters on May 31, 2013.