"The Lone Ranger" trailer unveiled at Comic-Con

Release date: July 3 The masked Western hero heads back to the big screen in this Gore Verbinski-directed retelling starring Armie Hammer as John Reid/The Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as his sidekick, Tonto. Disney/Bruckheimer Films

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in "The Lone Ranger."
Disney/Bruckheimer Films

(CBS/AP) SAN DIEGO - Johnny Depp made a splash at Comic-Con on Thursday, and he wasn't even there.

About 6,000 fans got a first look at "The Lone Ranger," which stars Depp as Tonto, during Disney's panel at the San Diego Convention Center.

Pictures: Johnny Depp
Pictures: Stars at Comic-Con 2012

Depp wears long hair and full-face makeup to portray the Lone Ranger's Native American companion. The brief clip hinted at the character's craftiness, with one scene showing him riding beneath a speeding train. It also offered a peek at Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Helena Bonham Carter as a dame of interest, amid a backdrop of trains crossing the Western desert. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the film.

The studio unveiled the footage at the conclusion of its panel presentation that included glimpses of Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and the video-game romp "Wreck-It Ralph," which features the voices of Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly.

"The Lone Ranger" is directed by Gore Verbinski, who worked with Depp on the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and the animated "Rango." It is set for release next summer.

Comic-Con continues through Sunday.

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