A couple days ago, the teaser poster for Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens went online. Now we have the teaser trailer for the film. If you saw the footage they played at Comic-Con, then a lot of this trailer will look familiar. If you weren’t one of the 6,000 people sitting in Hall H that day, then don’t worry: what they showed us was bad-ass. Despite the silly title, this trailer confirms what I’ve heard about the movie playing both the western and the sci-fi elements completely straight. I don’t know how that will play with a populace that seems to crave irony at every turn, but I like the confidence and the willingness to try something original.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Directed by Jon Favreau, Cowboys & Aliens stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, and Noah Ringer. It opens July 29, 2011.
Here’s the official synopsis for Cowboys & Aliens:
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger 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. 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, 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.
Genre: Action Thriller
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Screenplay by: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof
Based on Platinum Studios’ Comic Book Created by: Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Denis L. Stewart, Bobby Cohen, Ryan Kavanaugh