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Lone Ranger movie saddles up again

Johnny Depp

A film version of The Lone Ranger is set to ride again after a reduced budget was agreed.

Disney pulled the plug on the Western adventure in August after the budget was estimated to have spiralled to more than $250m (159m), with the studio fearful that The Lone Ranger could mimic the underwhelming performance of recent Western Cowboys & Aliens.

But after Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer negotiated new contracts, the film has now been given the green light, according to

The Social Network star Armie Hammer will portray the title character, with Depp portraying his loyal companion Tonto.

The plot is extended to see the Ranger and Tonto attempting to discover who killed the Ranger's brother, as a bigger plot unfolds.

Disney should announce a new start date for production shortly, with shooting expected to begin in New Mexico early next year.