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Johnny Depp to star in 'Lone Ranger,' 'Alice in Wonderland'

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Johnny Depp will play the sidekick role of Tonto  in The Lone Ranger and the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, it was announced today at the conclusion of The Walt Disney Studios Showcase in Hollywood. Depp himself made the announcement, emerging onto the Kodak Theater stage in full Capt. Jack Sparrow regalia, as the USC marching band played the Lone Ranger theme. He then engaged in a bit of Jack Sparrow shtick with studio chairman Dick Cook, confirming he’ll star in Jerry Bruckheimer’s production of The Lone Ranger and — as EW.com reported in August — the Mad Hatter in director Tim Burton’s planned movie adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Mysteriously, Cook also hinted at a “third” role for Depp, perhaps a nod to a possible fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Look for more on the Disney event tomorrow on PopWatch. (With reporting by John Young)