In a neat feature, Jon Favreau breaks down the recently released (and very cool) teaser trailer for Cowboys & Aliens in a video commentary. Favreau is appropriately self-deprecating (“Let’s look back on the fond memories of the Cowboys & Aliens trailer”), but shares some interesting tidbits. For instance, the opening of the trailer is the first shot of the film, and the wire you see yanking a cowboy into the air is not a goof, but a device that the aliens use to abduct their prey.
Favreau stuck around to answer a few additional questions, including how they approached the mashup of sci-fi and Westerns, and how Harrison Ford came to be in the film. Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Noah Ringer, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, and Sam Rockwell also star.Hit the jump to check out the clips.
Here’s the trailer commentary courtesy of MTV:
“Every Genre Has Its Own Set Of Rules”
“The Cowboys & Aliens Trailer Is Just A Teaser”
Harrison Ford Casting Was “A Long Shot”
Cowboys & Aliens opens July 29, 2011. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.