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Scenic Photos From 'Lone Ranger' Set; Bruckheimer Says Film Is Almost Wrapped

A collection of photos taken by Jerry Bruckheimer on the set of The Lone Ranger, which stars Johnny Depp in the role of Tonto
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The Lone Ranger has easily been the most buzzed about major movie of 2012 in Indian country -- even though it won't come out until next year -- and its producer Jerry Bruckheimer has announced via his official blog that filming is nearly complete:

125 days of shooting seemed to fly by. We dealt with winds up to 70 mph, rain, snow, and even wildfires but nothing has stopped us from filming this incredible movie.

The film is directed by Gore Verbinski (who also worked with Bruckheimer and Depp on some of the Pirates of the Caribbean films) and stars Armie Hammer in the title role. But what's made the movie such a topic of conversation, even debate, is the choice to cast Johnny Depp as Tonto. Yet it's clear that Indian country -- the country itself, in all its scenic beauty -- will be well represented.

Check out the breathtaking photos of Monument Valley that Bruckheimer has tweeted during the filming:

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Apr 16: Setting up for the next shot while our professional horse wranglers look on from the saddle.

A capture from a video at ChicagoTribune.com shows giant plumes of smoke from one of the five wildfires raging in Arizona.

Apr 17: Taking a quick photo of the action down below in Monument Valley

The United States portion of the annular solar ecipse to take place on Sunday, May 20, 2012.

May 10: Monument Valley was absolutely incredible. You almost have to see it to believe it

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Jun 1: Luxury Ride circa 1870

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Jul 19: Just to give an idea of how huge these rocks are. Those 2 crew members in the foreground

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Jul 27: Peter Mountain – Still Photographer for The Lone Ranger. Yes that’s his real name, ironic photo.

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Aug 2: It captured some really incredible shots

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Aug 9: There was a free-range ranch (with no fences) near today’s shoot. We had some unexpected visitors...