Dwight Yoakam leaves ‘The Lone Ranger’

Country music singer Dwight Yoakam has dropped out of the cast of Disney’s bigscreen version of the iconic “The Lone Ranger” due to scheduling conflicts.

According to Deadline.com, Armie Hammer is starring as the Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto.

Yoakam, whose screen credits include “Sling Blade,” “Panic Room” and “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” was to have played the lead villain.

The cast also includes Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale and Helena Bonham Carter.

Gore Verbinski is directing from a script by Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.

Jerry Bruckheimer is producing with a May 31, 2013 release date set.

Production will begin at the end of February.

“The Lone Ranger” was created by George W. Trendle and developed by Fran Striker.

The title character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West who rights the injustices he encounters with the aid of his wise Native American companion, Tonto.

“The Lone Ranger” premiered on radio in 1933, leading to nearly 3,000 radio shows, while the TV series with Clayton Moore ran for five seasons beginning in 1949.

Many of the sayings on the show, (“Kemo Sabe,” “Hi-ho, Silver, away,” “Who was that masked man, anyway?”) have become embedded in pop culture as well as the theme music from the William Tell Overture.

Reruns of the original TV show are still broadcast today, sixty-three years after their initial broadcast. Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.