Vampire actor joins Lone Ranger cast

Here’s something to sink your teeth into. British actor James Frain, who recently played a vampire on HBO’s True Blood, has joined the cast of Disney’s The Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp stars in the Gore Verbinski-directed movie, which also touts Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Wilkinson among the cast. Frain will play a foreman overseeing Chinese and Indian rail workers who labor for the story’s chief villain (Wilkinson). Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the big-screen adventure which begins production in February. Frain appeared in Water for Elephants and was one of the stars of NBC’s series The Cape. He portrayed Thomas Cromwell for three seasons of Showtime’s acclaimed drama The Tudors.


They're back!

It looks like the gang's all here. Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that most of the original cast has climbed back aboard the Lone Ranger wagon. "...Director Gore Verbinski’s mission is to lock in the cast. Turns out they all waited around and are available when the film begins production in February. Disney has closed a deal with Ruth Wilson, the Luther star courted to play the female lead alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Now, Tom Wilkinson is closing in on a deal to play lead villain Latham Cole. The studio is also working out deals with Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale and Dwight Yoakum." Fleming reported for Deadline.