Val Kilmer Heads Back to the West in 'The First Ride of Wyatt Earp'
by Ethan Anderton
March 17, 2011
The actor already saddle up in the Wild West as Doc Holiday in the 1993 Western flick Tombstone, but now Val Kilmer will become another real-life cowboy on the big screen. Variety reports the actor will star in the indie Western The First Ride of Wyatt Earp. While the 1994 film about the titular cowboy saw Kevin Costner as Wyatt Earp in his glory days, this film will have an an elderly Earp sitting down with a reporter to reflect on the ride that made him a legend. The two will recount the story of when the young marshal rounded up a posse to track down the outlaw who mistakenly murdered the woman he loved. More below!
Michael Feifer (who has been at the helm of a bunch of movies I've never even heard of) is directing the film with a script from newcomer Darren Benjamin Shepherd. In addition the cast includes Daniel Booko ("Glory Daze") as Spike Kennedy, recording artist Trace Adkins as his father, Diana DeGarmo (from "American Idol") as Earp's love interest, Matt Dallas as Bat Masterson, and Wilson Bethel as Doc Holiday. The cast also includes Shawn Roberts, Stephen Grayhm, Scott Whyte and Levi Fiehler and production is already underway in California. Producers are calling it Young Guns for the next generation, and with True Grit and Rango making Westerns cool again, they just might be interested. What do you think?