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Dwight Yoakam is ‘Lone Ranger’ villain

Helena Bonham Carter, Barry Pepper also in talks for Disney tentpole

EXCLUSIVE: Dwight Yoakam, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to join Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Lone Ranger.”

Gore Verbinski, who will direct the pair-up of Armie Hammer as the masked man and Johnny Depp as Tonto, is rounding up the rest of the cast for the actioner set to start lensing sometime this fall.

Tom Wilkinson and Ruth Wilson have already joined the project, which follows the Lone Ranger and Tonto as they look to take down the Cavendish gang after they attack the Texas Rangers.

Yoakam would play Butch Cavendish, leader of the Cavendish gang and the pic’s primary villain, while Pepper would play Captain J. Fuller, the leader of the seventh cavalry.

Dale, best known for starring in “The Pacific” for HBO and AMC’s “Rubicon, would play Dan Reid, the Lone Ranger’s older brother and leader of the Texas Rangers.

Carter, who is currently lensing Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” at WB, is still in early discussions — but if a deal closes, she would play the colorful madam of a local brothel.

Yoakam is currently filming “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” starring Billy Bob Thorton. Pepper was most recently seen in Paramount’s “True Grit.”

The “Lone Ranger” script was penned by “Pirates of the Caribbean”-franchise scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and Justin Haythe (“Revolutionary Road”).

Film is skedded for release Dec. 21, 2012.

Yoakam is repped by WME and Bluebird House. Pepper is repped by The Kohner Agency.

Carter is repped by WME and Magnolia Entertainment and Dale is repped by CAA.

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