In casting news that will send ladies swooning, the AV Club says indie stalwart Ryan Gosling is in talks to star opposite Johnny Depp in Gore Verbinski's "Lone Ranger" flick.

Sounds like an interesting idea, with Depp already cast as Tonto (which sounds like the lead role, based on Verbinski's "Don Quixote told from Sancho Panza’s point of view" take. Depp is also reuniting with Verbinski after "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Rango."

In other Depp casting news, he's currently in production with "The Rum Diary," based on a novel set in 1950s Cuba by Hunter S. Thompson. Very interested in that flick, as I'm a huge Thompson fan. Here's a pic of Depp in character.