‘Tudors’ and ‘True Blood’ Star James Frain Cast In Disney’s ‘The Lone Ranger’
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Now that the epic Walt Disney action adventure take on The Lone Ranger has survived that health scare and continued forward, casting has resumed.

The first to officially join Johnny Depp‘s Tonto, Arnie Hammer‘s Lone Ranger, and Helena Bonham Carter was female lead Ruth Wilson and the great Tom Wilkinson (both of which were said to be up for roles prior to the movie’s complications, but were only just confirmed recently), who’s set to play the film’s villain.

And now some smaller characters are being given faces with the report that James Frain, best known for his role as Thomas Cromwell on the hit Showtime series The Tudors, has now joined The Lone Ranger.

Frain will play someone who works for Wilkinson, a mean foreman who oversees the Chinese and Indian rail workers for him. The British actor also had a short stint on the hit HBO series True Blood, and can do a good villain if asked of him.

The movie will be directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, Rango), and is set to begin production in about six weeks. The movie was originally set to start shooting this past October with a December 2012 release date set, but it’s assumed that a new release date will be set at some point.

[Source: Heat Vision]


  1. The irony to this – The Walt Disney and Jack Wrather (the creator of the Lone Ranger, the Green Hornet and Sgt Preston of the Yukon) relation goes back a long way. Wrather was the original owner of the Disneyland Hotel. There was a Sgt Preston themed restaurant in the hotel for a while. And the steakhouse (now Steakhouse 55) was named Granville’s – after Bonita Granville Wrather – even after Disney finally was able to buy it from Wrather. Hey to the movie folk: You had Davy Crockett and several other frontier / wilderness heroes. Why not introduce a new generation to Sgt Preston and Yukon King?

    Comment by Eric Fisher — December 18, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

  2. With so much throwback stuff being made these days and it seems like these theme parks are trying to catch up to the new…err is it the old I don’t know anymore, why don’t they bring back the Back to the Future ride in Orlando. Lets be honest, it was awesome

    Comment by James Lach — December 19, 2011 @ 8:37 am

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