I'm not big on Gore Verbinski's upcoming The Long Ranger film. Much as I like Verbinski's dark humor and willingness to get knee-deep in dirt and grime, I've yet to see anything from this that doesn't look like a 2+ hour guitar solo.
Now we have these three character posters which muddy the waters a bit. Each comes with its own little character description, useful since the none of this film's trailers have cared to fill us in much on story.
First there's the girl I swore was Anna Paquin but is actually Luther's Ruth Wilson as Rebecca Reid:
Meet Rebecca Reid. She’s made for finer things, yet possesses the grit and independence of a frontierswoman. Her spirit is caught between two men: her husband Dan, and his younger brother, John.
Next up is Helena Bonham Carter's Red Harrington:
Meet Red Harrington. The dramatically coiffed, straight-talking, ivory-legged proprietor of a mobile establishment of lavish entertainments.
And finally William Fichtner as Butch Cavendish:
Meet Butch Cavendish. A ruthless outlaw whose terribly scarred face is a perfect reflection of the bottomless pit that passes for his soul.
It's this last poster which gives my Lone Ranger pessimism pause. I love me some William Fichtner, though I can barely recognize him here. Regardless of who's playing the character, Cavendish's filthy visage finally gives this film a bit of that edge Verbinski usually offers. I highly doubt Fichtner has the power to save a bad film all by himself (though he has come close in the past), but at least his poster gives me an opportunity to end this article on a semi-positive note.