SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Utahns are getting a sneak peek of Disney's “The Lone Ranger” at the Megaplex Theater at the Gateway.
The movie was partially filmed in Utah's Moab and Monument Valley over the course of 25 days last summer.
“A lot of movies we have a cameo in, but The Lone Ranger we have a starring role,” said Marshall Moore, Utah Film Commission.
On Monday, Disney invited some of the 574 locals who worked on the film to a special screening. Gov. Gary Herbert was also invited and saw the film for his third time. He tells ABC 4 Utah big budget movies helps the state in more ways than one.
“The benefit to us is not only an infusion of money that comes from an economic development standpoint because they spend millions of dollars here in Utah and create jobs, but it's also the promotional effect of people seeing Utah and saying 'hey that's a beautiful place in that movie, maybe we ought to go there and visit',” he said.
The movie did stir some controversy early on over how Johnny Depp's character Tonto, a Comanche Indian is portrayed. The chairman of that nation wants Utah to know the film does his people justice.
“Sometimes it's not us that writes the history books and I think this movie has an opportunities to correct some wrongs because it shows action against my people,” said Wallace Coffey, Chairman of Comanche Nation. 'It shows lone rangers that had somewhat hostile attitude towards us back at that time.”
“The Lone Ranger” officially hits theaters Wednesday. The public is invited to a special screening Tuesday at any Megaplex Theater.