If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Disney's 'The Lone Ranger' production has suffered quite a few setbacks, including being all but killed at one point. Last week, the recently renewed project lost its villain. Country-singer-turned-actor Dwight Yoakam was forced to depart the film over scheduling issues. But within a week, Disney was able to land William Fichtner ('Drive Angry,' 'The Dark Knight') as a replacement. Fichtner has been exceedingly busy of late, having just finished 'Elysium' at Sony with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster as well as co-starring with Ed Harris and David Duchovny in 'Phantom.' Fichtner will also be making his directorial debut with 'Coldbrook' after finishing 'Lone Ranger.'
Last minute casting changes can often spell disaster for a film, but in this case I feel 'The Lone Ranger' has officially traded up. No disrespect to Dwight Yoakam, I have actually been impressed with how well he has taken to changing over to acting, but William Fichtner is one of the most talented and underrated actors in Hollywood. He's one of those guys who turns up in so many movies, and you recognize his face, but most people don't remember his name. His career includes roles in 'The Dark Knight,' 'Black Hawk Down,' 'Armageddon,' 'The Longest Yard,' and 'Heat' just to name a few. I can't wait to see him take on this villainous role especially after his whacked out, and completely awesome, turn as The Accountant in 'Drive Angry.' My hope is that he keeps amassing parts in big productions like 'The Lone Ranger' so that he becomes the household name he so richly deserves.
Any Fichtner fans out there? Are you excited to see him in 'The Lone Ranger?'