New Mexico to be home to the Lone Ranger
New Mexico governor Susan Martinez and the New Mexico Film Office have announced that principal photography will begin on Gore Verbinski‘s (Pirate of the Caribbean) The Lone Ranger in February and will run until August. Here is the full press release:
Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Film Office announced today that Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp, will begin principal photography in New Mexico in February 2012, with production planned in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Shiprock and other locations around the state through the middle of August 2012.
“The Lone Ranger is proof that New Mexico’s film industry is alive and well,” said Governor Martinez. “This administration is committed to fostering productive relationships with film studios so we can continue to offer our talented workforce and breathtaking backdrops for major productions. As we continue to build upon our reputation as a premier film production center, we are pleased to welcome The Lone Ranger to our state.”
State and local officials have been working with the Walt Disney Studios for over a year to bring the project to New Mexico.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring The Lone Ranger production to New Mexico. The state’s world-class crews, local talent and spectacular locations will be critical in helping us take this iconic story and legendary characters to new heights,” said Jerry Bruckheimer, Producer.
“I’d like to thank Governor Martinez, the New Mexico Film Office, and the people of New Mexico for welcoming The Lone Ranger to your state.”
“We welcome The Lone Ranger to Albuquerque,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.
The Lone Ranger will star Armie Hammer (The Social Network), James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Ruth Wilson (Luther), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), and Barry Pepper (True Grit).
The Lone Ranger is expected to be released on may 31st, 2013.
Source: State of New Mexico, On Location Vacations