DreamWorks and Universal could probably rely on title alone to build anticipation for Cowboys & Aliens, but they aren’t resting on their laurels. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is directing. The script comes from Damon Lindelof (Lost), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek). The studios rounded up an all-star cast featuring Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, and Keith Carradine. I’m, like, quadruple sold. Tonight brings us our first look at the production, as Favreau tweeted a picture taken during camera tests. It’s not much, but it may give some indication of the costumes in store, and it looks super cool (backlighting tends to have that effect). Check out the full image after the jump.
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
Here’s the pic that Favreau tweeted: