There’s a new big screen adaptation of the popular Lone Ranger character in the works and an unusual casting choice has been announced.
The Lone Ranger is the 1930s creation of Fran Striker. The Ranger is a masked avenger from the old west who seeks to help those in need. He’s aided by his faithful white steed, Silver, and his American Indian friend, Tonto. The characters were first introduced to the public in a 1933 radio series that ran for more than 20 years. The Lone Ranger became such a hit that the characters were soon featured in movie serials, novels, comic strips, and comic books.
The character is likely best remembered for the half-hour Lone Ranger television series that began in 1949. Clayton Moore played the Ranger with Jay Silverheels as Tonto. Midway through the show’s run, Moore had a dispute with the show’s producers and he was replaced by actor John Hart for two years. Moore returned to the role for the series’ final three seasons, ending in 1957.