First Look At Rango

Johnny Depp turns chameleon

The humble chameleon, condemned for so long to sitting in trees, sticking its tongue out from time to time and undergoing tiring colour changes, has finally made it to the big time in the animated shape of Rango. The Gore Verbinski-directed animation sees Johnny Depp play the titular lizard and, thanks to First Showing, here's the movie's protagonist in all his Gonzo-like glory.

After one of the year's most deliriously leftfield teasers, it's our first look proper at Rango himself. The household pet embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will take in the western town of Dirt and, if this picture is anything to go on, industrial amounts of PCP. Hunter Thompson would be proud.

Depp is joined by a cast that includes the vocal talents of Ray Winstone, Abigail Breslin, Timothy Olyphant, Isla Fisher and Rango's nemesis, Bill Nighy. More intriguing still is the promise of ILM technology to “capture and translate every aspect of [Depp’s] performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature.” Which makes Rango one cutting-edge, performance-captured chameleon. And you can stick that in your pipe, iguana.

Rango arrives in the UK next April.