With his work on Iron Man 2 completed last week, director Jon Favreau is turning his full attention to his next project Cowboys & Aliens by announcing via Twitter that the first cast member to join leads Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde in the comic book adaptation will be none other than Harrison Ford.
Set to start filming this July, the film will feature a story that sounds like the mash-up of every kid’s playtime fantasies- cowboys and Indians team-up to defend the Old West from invading aliens. You can read the original comic for free here.
Personally, I think this is exciting news, as Ford is generally never better than when he is in genre material. Even with all it’s problems, Ford was more engaged in his performance in 2008’s Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull than he appeared in years. And as Ford probably doesn’t really need the work for the money, I take it as a good sign that there is something strong in the script that interested him.
Cowboys & Aliens gallops into theaters on July 29, 2011.