Val Kilmer Heads Back to the West in 'The First Ride of Wyatt Earp'

March 17, 2011

Val Kilmer

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?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Val Kilmer was Doc Holiday in Tombstone, not Wyatt Earp with Kevin Costner.

Akgibbons on Mar 17, 2011


Exactly. Looks like they corrected it now.

Me on Mar 23, 2011


Just Kidding. I am confuse.

Akgibbons on Mar 17, 2011


It looks like he's getting ready to shoot a biopic about Marlon Brando. Two words, Mr. Kilmer: Jenny. Craig.

Jedi on Mar 17, 2011


I agree he has put on some weight. Kilmer has not done a good film since Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I'm thinken he maybe washed up.

Last Son on Mar 18, 2011


Will his neck have a role as a supporting actor?

Sixmode on Mar 17, 2011


I hope decides to do a Christian Bale and drops 100 ibs (or more?).

Brandon on Mar 18, 2011


Haha, I was just about to say, he should get in contact with Bale to get some tips on how to properly starve yourself in preparation for a role. 😉

Anonymous on Mar 18, 2011


Val Kilmer has gained some weight, and health is important, he however looks lovely in both..The real beauty of Val is beyond Hollywood, and far beyond the Intellect of some small minded internet obssesors.

Docsgirl on Mar 18, 2011


The above commenters will one day be very, very fat, I'm sure of it. But... not famous or clever. Val's awesome at any size.

Sugarskulls on Mar 19, 2011


I agree with Docsgirl and Sugarskulls. Val is an outstanding actor. People forgive drug addiction, sex addiction, boozing, etc., but gain some weight and watch out here comes the criticism.

Scataldo on Mar 22, 2011


Have you seen his latest DVD movies? He doesn't even look the same as he does on the cover of the movies? He's doing cameos in half of them. His acting is so stiff and lifeless, I can't watch him. Watch the "Chaos Experiment". He plays a crazy guy, while trying to implement a "nervous twitch" in his role. By the end of the movie, it looked as if he was winking at a girl in a nightclub who wanted nothing to do with him. It was REALLY REALLY bad. I hate to say it, he stinks. WATCH HIS LATES MOVIES....  

THELANDMASTER on May 16, 2011


I don't get it! I have rented Val Kilmer's last 5 movies that went to DVD. I did it because I like to follow certain actors that decline, whom were previously  on top. I more or less am fascinated with a a good "comeback story", and in turn I root for them to get back to the "big screen". One prime example is Mickey Rour. My assessment is that Val Kilmer  has lost all acting ability. No I mean he really sucks to the point it's embarrassing to watch him.He acts like a 3rd rate actor trying to make it in Hollywood. My guess is that his previous acting abilities had to do with confidence. Has this got anything to do with his age and weight, and also the lack of being a sex symbol on screenm? Maybe, but people, he's an awful awful actor at this point. Wact

LANDMASTER on May 16, 2011


One thing is for sure,.. Val has more talent than us fools, writing, here. Try Spartan and Kiss Kiss Bang bang,.. though, most Val Kilmer critics, were still at school, when they came out. If his face had fitted in the early 1990's,.. ( that was the century before this one,.. ),.. he'd have rightly won an Oscar. His day will come,.. as it did for Mickey Rourke,.. and Jeff bridges,.. ( they are,.. other actors,. by the way ). Talent never goes away,.. like sex appeal, according to my 82 year old Wife. It just can't be seen all the time. I would like to be great just once,. as Val has been, many times, especially as Doc in Tombstone. Let's not take it all too serious folks. ( PS: The Wife isn't really 82,.. er,.. she says !!! ) Ha ha !!!

FinalScene on Jan 6, 2012

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