/Film was part of a small group of media outlets who spoke with producer Jerry Bruckheimer while in London on Tuesday afternoon. We asked if the rumors were true: has George Clooney had been cast alongside Johnny Depp (previously announced) in The Lone Ranger.

“We haven’t decided who is going to play the Lone Ranger yet. We’ll get a director first and then figure it out.”

Bruckheimer also said that screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio are currently hard at work finishing The Lone Ranger script and working on “the story and plot-lines” for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film. When asked about the possibility of shooting some sequences of Pirates 4 in IMAX, Bruckheimer responded:

“Absolutely, I’d love to do it. Lets just see if we can work it through the production schedule with everything else.”

This is the same response we have gotten from most filmmakers and producers. I’ll be excited when I begin to see them making a commitment to the huge screen.

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I just spent the last six and a half hours in the Kodak Theater in Hollywood watching Disney’s big keynote event. So the next few stories will be about the big announcements that came out of the presentation.

Johnny Depp has been cast in the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer produced adaptation of the classic old-time radio and early television show The Lone Ranger created by George W. Trendle. The series followed a masked Texas Ranger in the Old West who rights injustices with the aid of his native American assistant, Tonto. He gallops along on his white horse Silver. The character’s signature quote is “Hi-yo, Silver, away!” Depp will play Tonto. Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have been writing the script. No start or release dates have been announced.

Depp must have signed a multi-picture deal with the studio, because it was also announced that the actor would play The Madd Hatter in Tim Burton‘s 3D part live-action, part computer animated adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Principal photography is set to begin in November, with a March 5th 2010 release date previously announced. Concept art from the film was shown, showing the classic Alice in Wonderland scenes done in Tim Burton style, complete with curved and slanted corners. Everything is really stylized. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb have huge heads, and are shaped like upward missiles. None of the characters look like a dramatic departure from the traditional designs.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Richard W. “Dick” Cook announced “How about another pirates movie!?” signaling that Depp was now signed for Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

Discuss: What do you think of the choice of Depp as The Lone Ranger or Madd Hatter? Do we really need another Pirates film?

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