It wasn't that long ago that concerns over a ballooning budget nearly killed off any chance of seeing Gore Verbinski's updated version of The Lone Ranger on the big screen, but not only has production finally begun, producer Jerry Bruckheimer just released the first image from the film on his Twitter account

The image shows off Armie Hammer as the legendary Ranger and Johnny Depp as his Native American sidekick, Tonto. There's not much to see obviously, but it's evident that Verbinski has gone with a very stylized look for the film that should separate it from the original TV show. 

Also starring Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, and Helena Bonham Carter, The Lone Ranger will hit theaters on May 31, 2013.
[via Twitter]