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Actors Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer on set with director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Three of them will be getting back together for more 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies -- whether they make another 'Lone Ranger' remains to be seen.

'Lone Ranger' Stars Are -- or Were? -- Signed Up for Sequels

July 03, 2013

According to a Press Association report, Johnny Depp, who plays Tonto in The Lone Ranger said he'd be "ready to go in a second" if Disney were to greenlight a sequel to the film, which opens today.

But other details in the story suggest Depp is downplaying Disney's plans when he describes the $250-million action-comedy as "a one-shot deal." Both Armie Hammer, who plays the title character, and British actress Ruth Wilson have said they're committed to do a Lone Ranger trilogy should Disney consider it a good idea.

And there's the rub, to some extent: There are few, if any, signs that this film, which has been a major topic of debate in Indian country, will be a success.

The showdown for Fourth-of-July box-office dollars is between The Lone Ranger and Despicable Me 2. The Hollywood Reporter has the animated feature "crushing" the western, pulling in $4.7 million in advance ticket sales; The Lone Ranger gets less than half that figure. THR's verdict: "Lone Ranger will need to have strong legs and do especially big business overseas just to break even."