In what could be her sixth time collaborating with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter is currently in talks to star in Disney’s upcoming adaptation of The Lone Ranger, according to the actress’ rep. If a deal is struck, Carter would play the madam of a local brothel. Also circling the Western are Dwight Yoakam (Sling Blade) and Barry Pepper (True Grit), according to a source close to the project. If cast, Yoakam would portray the film’s central villain — the gang leader Butch Cavendish — while Pepper would play Captain J. Fuller of the 7th Cavalry.
The 24-year-old Armie Hammer (The Social Network) has already been cast as the masked title character, while Depp will play the Lone Ranger’s Native American sidekick Tonto. Gore Verbinski, who directed Depp in Rango and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean flicks, is helming the film, and Jerry Bruckheimer is producing. Filming is slated to start this fall in Texas and New Mexico, with Disney planning to release the movie on Dec. 21, 2012.
Carter and Depp have previously worked together on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and are currently shooting Tim Burton’s horror drama Dark Shadows, which is also due next year.