First official photo of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in ‘The Lone Ranger.’

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Thanks to budget concerns and casting changes, The Lone Ranger has had a long and difficult road to production, but filming is officially underway, and what better way to prove that the project is alive and well than by showing off the first photo of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in character?

This first official photo comes courtesy of producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who uploaded it to his Twitter feed earlier this morning. We’ve also got an official synopsis for the film, thanks to the folks at Disney.

The Lone Ranger is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

The Lone Ranger is currently scheduled for release on May 31, 2013.

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