The Real Lone Ranger Was Black, And Now There Is A Movie About Him

The Real Lone Ranger Was Black, And Now There Is A Movie About Him

Watch the trailer to "Hell on the Border," about Bass Reeves, the first Black U.S. Marshal.

Published 2 weeks ago

Written by Jerry L. Barrow

When you hear stories about the Lone Ranger, you are often told about a masked Caucasian cowboy who hung out with a Native American named Tonto. In reality, the real Lone Ranger was a formerly enslaved man, Bass Reeves, who became the first Black deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. After making a brief cameo in HBO's Watchmen, his story is coming to the big screen in the Lionsgate film, Hell on the Border.

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Starring David Gyasi (Annihilation, Carnival Row, Troy: Fall of a City) as Reeves, Hell on the Border documents his trials in becoming a Black lawman in the post-Civil War Western United States.

Having escaped from slavery after the Civil War, Reeves arrives in Arkansas seeking a job with the law. To prove himself, he must hunt down a deadly outlaw (perennial villain Frank Grillo) with the help of a grizzled journeyman (Ron Perlman). As he chases the criminal deeper into the Cherokee Nation, Reeves must not only dodge bullets, but severe discrimination in hopes of earning his star — and cement his place as a cowboy legend.

Watch the trailer below!

Hell on the Border is in select theaters and On Demand December 13.

Photo Credit: Lionsgate

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