Rango': A peek behind the scenes of Johnny Depp's epic lizard western

The first proper trailer for the CG-animated film Rango was unleashed yesterday (and embedded below), and despite its peyote-infused imagery, it made a hell of a lot more sense than the wind-up goldfish teaser that popped up a few weeks ago. But what if you wanted a bit more dirt about this Gore Verbinski-directed, Johnny Depp-starring lizard western? Luckily, Verbinski invited a posse of reporters to his Blind Wink offices on the Universal Studios lot, where we checked out some of the artwork and character designs for the film (scheduled to release next March), and got an early glimpse of a couple of scenes.

But first, Verbinski cleared up some plot details. Rango (Depp) is a pet chameleon who lives in a terrarium. 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.

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