With Depp playing Tonto, the stoic Native American sidekick, one would presume that Gosling would be in talks to play the titular hero. But The Wrap warns that he is already committed to Logan’s Run which should take a fair amount of his time, as well as steal the thunder from any other franchise roles he may have kicking about. (Like this one. If you don’t think Disney will run The Lone Ranger franchise into the ground with sequel after sequel, then you, my friend, aren’t familiar with Pirates of the Caribbean. The film, not the actual pirates.)
The Lone Ranger is scheduled to hit theaters in 2014, so if the Mayans are right, we’ll all be dead in 2012, so this whole article, as well as many others on this site, is completely moot.