Hollywood Racism and Whitewashing: ‘Lone Ranger’ photo shows dramatic update with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer

White Actor Johnny Depp plays Native American character Tonto opposite Armie Hammer as the masked avenger in "The Lone Ranger," directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It's filming now in New Mexico for a May 2013 release. Racist Hollywood continuing their war against non-whites with no end in sight


Who is that masked man?

Armie Hammer, best known for playing both Winklevoss twins in “The Social Network,” is saddled up as the titular Western vigilante in the first photo released from next year’s “Lone Ranger” movie.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted out the sneak peek on Thursday.

Even more striking though is the man behind the makeup as the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, Tonto. Johnny Depp, who has said in past interviews that he is part Cherokee, plays the Native American hero.

Aside from the incredible winged headdress, Depp told Entertainment Weekly moviegoers can expect a less cartoonish Tonto than the one made famous in the early ’50s television series.

“I remember watching it as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f—ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?’ ” Depp told the magazine last year. “I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me. And when the idea came up (for the movie), I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to . . . reinvent the relationship.”

“Lone Ranger” is currently shooting in New Mexico, reuniting director Gore Verbinski with Depp, his “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Rango” star.

The Disney film will reach theaters on May 31, 2013.