Johnny Depp has joined a Native American tribe.

The 48-year-old star is currently filming a remake of 'The Lone Ranger' in which he plays Tonto, a fictional character belonging to the Comanche Nation.

Now officials of the real tribe have officially invited him to become a member, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

President of Americans for Indian Opportunity LaDonna Harris said: ''Johnny is reprising the historic role of Tonto, and it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family.

''I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honored that he so enthusiastically agreed.''

The 'Dark Shadows' actor has revealed in the past that he has Native American ancestry from his great-grandmother, who was a Cherokee Indian.

Johnny attended the ceremony at LaDonna's home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where principal photography on The Lone Ranger is taking place.

He gave gifts to tribal leaders and took photographs with them during the ceremony.

Both he and co-star Armie Hammer met with Navajo officials on the movie set several weeks ago.