Should you be under the impression that the recent casting announcements for Gore Verbinski’s version of The Lone Ranger as well as Johnny Depp’s many philosophical musings on what the character of Tonto represents for him somehow wouldn’t lead to a concrete release date, not only do you suck at making inferences, you clearly didn’t read the headline to this article. Did you close your eyes and just sort of randomly click until this page opened? If so, kudos to you. That is sort of impressive. Anyway, yes, Disney has set the Armie Hammer/Johnny Depp platonic romance on the High Plains for a December 21, 2012 release date, an increasingly crowded holiday season that already includes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life Of Pi, the next Judd Apatow film, and quite possibly the next Star Trek movie, provided J.J. Abrams feels it’s ready by then. And for those who still regard the Mayan prophecy with a wary eye, Dec. 21, 2012 is the scheduled date of the end of the world, so maybe plan to attend a midnight screening. That way you can have something to talk about in the afterlife.

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