The great escape: Tonto's in trouble as Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer shoot action scene for Lone Ranger movie
23:54 GMT, 14 September 2012
It's one of next summer most eagerly-anticipated blockbusters.
And it certainly looks like the big screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger will be action-packed given these latest on-set photos.
Dressed in Native America costume to play Tonto, Johnny Depp was seen wrestling with chains as he filmed an action scene with co-star Armie Hammer, who plays the Lone Ranger.
Action scene: Johnny Depp in his full Tonto costume is in chains as he films a scene against a blue screen
The actors were spotted filming a sequence in which they are chained to railway line, against a blue screen on location in Los Angeles.
Johnny, 49, and Armie, 26, started shooting the adaptation of the Fifties TV show with director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer on location in New Mexico in February.
The Lone Ranger first appeared in a radio show in 1933, before being transferred to the black and white TV show in 1949, starring Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.
Woah! Johnny looked distressed as Tonto works out how to escape
There were two previous attempts at Lone Ranger films in 1981 and a TV movie in 2003, but they weren't received as well as expected by fans.
The film has been a long time coming; Columbia Pictures and Classic Media announced their intention to make a Lone Ranger film in 2002.
After years stuck in development, Disney announced in 2008 they had cast Depp to play Tonto.
Brits Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson and Ruth Wilson also stars.
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Depp has previously revealed he has Native American heritage.
said: 'My great-grandmother was quite a bit of Native American, she
grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian. Makes sense in terms of coming
from Kentucky, which is rife with Cherokee and Creek.'
After he was cast as Tonto – a fictional member of the Comanche Nation, he was officially asked to become a member of the real-life tribe of the same name.
President of Americans for Indian
Opportunity LaDonna Harris said: 'Johnny is reprising the historic role
of Tonto, and it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him
into our Comanche family.
'I reached out, and Johnny was very
receptive to the idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we
were honoured that he so enthusiastically agreed.'
The film is expected to be released in summer 2013.
All hands on deck: Johnny and Armie were surrounded by crewmembers as they shot the scene