Walt Disney Pictures has moved the release dates for two of their big 2013 releases in ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘Thor 2.’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ is now scheduled to arrive in cinemas on July 3rd instead of May 31st, while ‘Thor 2′ will hit cinemas a week earlier, debuting November 8th instead of November 15th. The new date for ‘Thor 2′ gives it a two-week window before the opening of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’ ‘The Lone Ranger’s shares its July 3rd release date with ‘Despicable Me 2′ and the 3D re-release of ‘Independence Day.’

Lead by Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Johnny Depp, ‘The Lone Ranger’ co-stars Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson and James Frain. The film, which takes place in 1869, is directed by Gore Verbinski for Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films. ‘The Lone Ranger’ marks Verbrinski and Depp’s fifth collaboration after the first trio of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies and the Oscar-winning ‘Rango.’ The film is described as “a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought tolife through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.”

In ‘Thor 2,’ Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba and Natalie Portman will reprise their roles from the first film alongside Tom Hiddleston, while Alan Taylor is directing. Taylor is an accomplished TV director whose credits include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Nurse Jackie.’ He also directed the feature ‘Palookaville.’ Don Payne, who co-wrote ‘Thor,’ penned the original draft with Robert Rodat doing the most recent polish.  The original ‘Thor’ grossed over $448 million at the worldwide box office.