Paul Dano & Clancy Brown Saddling Up for Cowboys & Aliens
With the good chance that Iron Man 2 will rock the box office for the second straight weekend, director Jon Favreau is free and clear to focus his attention on his next project, an adaptation of the comic Cowboys & Aliens. Deadline reports a few more casting additions joining Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde in the action-packed sci-fi injected western as Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) and Keith Carradine ("Dexter") have signed on to star. On top of some minor details on their characters, keep on reading for the 2011 summer blockbuster's official synopsis.
Dano and Carradine are playing two of the many cowboys who will face-off against invading aliens, while Brown is playing the town's sheriff. For a grasp on the story's big picture, check out the recently released official plot synopsis below:
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.
This just solidifies even more why this is one of my most anticipated films of 2011, and cannot wait to see how it turns out in the end, especially with an awesome cast like this. Even the supporting cast is amazing with Dano (who, I thought, deserved an Academy Award nomination for his performance in There Will Be Blood) and Brown who has been a fabulous character actor (in many great movies), not to mention a large presence in cartoon voiceover work (in "SpongeBob", "Batman" and more TV shows). We'll be paying very close attention to every development on Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, so stay tuned for the latest updates.