But now it's straight up cancelled!
Ticket holders were sent the following email on Friday:
[Image via Fayesvision/WENN.]
Johnny Depp is almost unrecognizable as Tonto from The Lone Ranger! We're still not full convinced that's him!
When we first hear the news that he was taking this role, we were worried that Johnny portraying a Native American might be offensive to the leaders of the Navajo Nation.
But they seem to be fine with it! Just look at them getting all chummy!
They must be aware that Johnny and director Gore Verbinski (who directed the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) are planning to twist the classic stereotypes and tropes from old Westerns.
"We are honored the movie The Lone Ranger is being filmed here on the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation has beautiful landscape and we are glad it is being shared through filmmaking."
We're just as excited about the movie as they are, but because it has many of the same people who made the whole Pirates of the Caribbean franchise so great, including producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Excited as we are? Well you'll have to wait until summer 2013. Dang.
[Image courtesy ET.]