George Clooney as The Lone Ranger?

Welcome back folks, to the fastest rumor-slinging game in the West. It is time once again to head out to the “Rumor Market” and take a look at today’s most interesting casting rumor. Today, the guys over at Ain’t It Cool got a tip from a reader that George Clooney has been sniffing around the now ramping up production of The Lone Ranger. As you will recall from the other day, Johnny Depp was announced as the man who would play Tonto in the modern adaptation, which is currently under the watchful eye of producer-extraordinaire Jerry Bruckheimer. According to AICN’s source:

Word as of now is that George Clooney has shown a lot of interest in the role of the Lone Ranger, and the studio’s been talking to him about it. Previously it was rumored that Nic Cage was up for the role, but that rumor died a long time ago. Clooney’s name has come up quite a number of times since.

Now, I don’t know about all of you, but this feels like a lot of hearsay at this point — though, it is reasonable to assume that Bruckheimer and Disney are actively trying to pick their Ranger, as the production appears to be getting up to full speed in the near term. As well, I’m not personally opposed to seeing Clooney as The Lone Ranger because, lets face it, the guy is a damn good actor when he wants to be. That, and why wouldn’t he want to be tied to a film that will undoubtedly end up being a major tentpole for the Mouse House in 2010?

Either way, this isn’t about what I think, it’s about what you think… So lets have it.

Are you buying the George Clooney as The Lone Ranger rumor, or is it more malarky?

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