The new Cowboys & Aliens poster focuses on the movie’s strength: its two stars, Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. (Click for larger.)
I like it. It’s iconic and promises exactly what the title says. Also, “from the director of Iron Man” can’t hurt. (That’s Jon Favreau, since his name doesn’t appear that big.) The movie, based on a graphic novel developed just to become a film, is due out in the U.S. July 29. Here are some more pictures, first of the stars:
Then of the classic cowboy elements, the showdown and the posse:
Here’s the plot description:
1875. New Mexico 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.
Sounds like Green Lantern, only dustier! And probably more entertaining. There’s also a two-minute teaser featurette online in which producers Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, among other people, tell you how cool this idea is. Are you going to see it next month?