Johnny Depp's latest film, The Lone Ranger is already facing it's first backlash and courting with controversy as a crew member died whilst working on a set for the film. A spokesperson for the local coroner's office broke the news on Friday (September 21st) morning, saying that a 48-year-old man had died whilst cleaning a pool that was going to be used on the set. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.
The man's identity is being kept under wraps for now, with the film's producers, Walt Disney Pictures insisting that they are doing all they can to aid the investigation into the man's death and that their thoughts are with the man's family. The studio also said that they would be requesting an autopsy to further determine what cause the man's sudden death.
Meanwhile, filming for the picture, which also stars Armie Hammer as the titular ranger, is expected to resume as soon as possible so that it can be released in time for the slated summer 2013 release date. The film will see Depp's character; the Native American spirit warrior Tonto, as he recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid from a force for good into a legend of justice. In the face of the massively disappointing films Tron: Legacy and John Carter, that grossed way below their expected estimate, Disney will be hoping that their nest venture into live-action cinema is a successful one.