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By TK Burton | Trailers | June 30, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | June 30, 2010 |

We ran the poster and teaser for Gore Verbinski’s Rango yesterday, and noted that while there’s little information available (“the story of a chameleon with an identity crisis” is all the synopsis I could find), the stellar cast and nifty poster appealed to many of you. Well, lo and behold, the full trailer has arrived, and you know what? I kind of love it, even though nothing really happens in it. It’s almost more like a (very) short film than a trailer. But it’s cute, and clever, and fun. Good enough for me.

I also like that it’s a completely original script (by John Logan) based on an idea by Verbinski. It’s not an adaptation of anything, or a remake, or a sequel. That’s a rarity these days.

Check it out:


UPDATE! Courtesy of commenter Paul Southworth, Popwatch has some more details on the increasingly bizarre — and awesome — sounding plot. Here’s the juicy bit:

“He’s a thespian in search of an audience,” says Verbinski. “He’s made friends with the inanimate objects in his terrarium — he calls them all by name. And when we meet him, he’s in the process of putting on a play with the various objects.” Verbinski then alluded to Roadkill, an armadillo voiced by Alfred Molina: “Roadkill’s run over as part of the origin of Rango’s demise, where his terrarium is thrust from his car, and he ends up in the desert.”

Through a bizarre set of circumstances, Rango winds up at a town called Dirt, which is populated by all sorts of Mojave Desert wildlife. “This town is really hungry for a hero, and they get the great pretender,” says Verbinski. “Rango has to ultimately come to terms with the difference between pretending and what’s real.” The director also mentioned that Rango, as an aquatic creature desperately in need of hydration, ironically finds himself getting involved in a Chinatown-esque water subplot.

I love everything about that. Everything. Especially citing Chinatown, one of my favorite movies ever.

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