UPDATE: It looks like Tonto doesn't have a partner just yet.
Ryan Gosling won't be donning a black mask and riding a horse in "The Lone Ranger" after all, according to Entertainment Weekly. It looks like the "Blue Valentine" star's schedule is just a bit too crazy to allow his participation in Disney's (hopefully) next big thing.
The search for The Lone Ranger continues!
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He sure can break hearts. But can Ryan Gosling work a black mask and ride a horse?
We may soon find out, as the "Blue Valentine" star is in talks to join Johnny Depp in director Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," an epic Western adventure that Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are hoping is their next big franchise, according to The Wrap.
Gosling would be playing the title role with Depp as his trusty Native American sidekick, Tonto.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto first appeared in 1933 in a high successful radio show and went on to star in their own television series, "The Lone Ranger," that aired from 1949 through 1957. Several serials, movies and comic book adaptations followed.
Ryan Gosling seems to be making a move toward bigger studio films after making a name for himself in smaller independent films such as "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Half Nelson." He's currently set to star in the remake of "Logan's Run" and will be appearing with Steve Carell in this summer's ensemble romantic comedy, "Crazy Stupid Love."
Whatever the project is, we'd love to see Ryan Gosling and Johnny Depp together. They'd definitely make one very interesting odd couple.
"The Lone Ranger" will be released in 2014, probably sometime in the summer.
Originally published on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 7:49PM ET.