The Lone Ranger (2003 film)
|The Lone Ranger|
|Based on||The Lone Ranger by Fran Striker Jr.|
George W. Trendle
|Written by||Stacy Title and Jonathan Penner|
|Directed by||Jack Bender|
|Starring||Chad Michael Murray|
|Theme music composer||Roger Neill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Producer(s)||Susanne Daniels |
|Editor(s)||Luis Colina |
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Original network||The WB|
|Original release||February 26, 2003|
The Lone Ranger was a 2003 American western action television film. It was an attempt by The WB to revive the Lone Ranger franchise for a new generation. The character first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ (Detroit) radio station owner George W. Trendle, or by Fran Striker, the show's writer. The radio series proved to be a hit and spawned a series of books (largely written by Striker), an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, comic books, and several movies.
The film, intended as a pilot for a new television series, starred Chad Michael Murray as the Lone Ranger (the name of the Ranger's secret identity was changed from "John Reid" to "Luke Hartman") and Nathaniel Arcand as his Native American companion Tonto.
This version takes a look at the character in the years before he became a legend. It all begins with the introduction of Luke Hartman, a 20-year-old Boston law student who witnesses the murder of his brother, a Texas Ranger. He himself is wounded in the midst of the chaos, but is rescued by the Apache Tonto, and subsequently becomes smitten with Tonto's sister Alope. He then devotes his life to avenging the death of his brother and fighting injustice, and in the process becoming a worldwide legend.
|Chad Michael Murray||The Lone Ranger / Luke Hartman|
|Fay Masterson||Grace Hartman|
|Sebastian Spence||Harmon Hartman|
|Jeffrey Nordling||James Landry|
|Lauren German||Emily Landry|
|Gil Birmingham||One Horn|
|Paul Schulze||Sheriff Landry|
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