By Kate Ward
Updated June 08, 2011 at 05:57 PM EDT

The Disney remake of the radio-turned-TV hit The Lone Ranger has officially nabbed a release date — but don’t expect it in theaters with the speed of light. The studio has set Dec. 21, 2012 as its day of release, giving families a chance to see the brave title character (likely The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer, who is in final negotiations for the role) and his sidekick Tonto (Johnny Depp) ride through the Old West during the holiday season. The Lone Ranger will be directed by Depp’s Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest helmer Gore Verbinski, and will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Depp recently spoke to EW about the big-screen Lone Ranger — see what he had to say about the old series and Tonto’s treatment here.

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