Olivia Wilde to Star Opposite Daniel Craig in Cowboys and Aliens


The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Olivia Wilde is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Craig in DreamWorks Studios adaptation of  Cowboys & Aliens.

Jon Favreau is set to direct the movie, which is based on the Platinum Studios/Image Comics graphic novel of the same name, created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

The part to be played by Wilde is a character named Ella, who joins up with mysterious gunslinger in an unlikely uprising against an alien invasion.

Daniel Craig is set to play the part of the gunslinger, taking over the role from Robert Downey Jr., who dropped out in January.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing the movie, and co-wrote the script with Damon Lindelof. Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are also producing, along with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who created the graphic novelupon which the movie is based.

Jon Favreau and Denis Stewart are serving as executive producers.

Cowboys & Aliens began life as a  a serialized web-comic, written by Fred Van Lente & Andrew Foley, with artwork by Dennis Calero & Luciano Lima. The first page of the comic was published on September 28th, 2006 and by the time the project had reached 49 pages, a graphic novel
collection of the series was released by Image Comics on December 6th 2006.

The story is a sci-fi Western, which explores what would happen if aliens crash-landed on Earth towards the end of the 19th Century, and sees the traditional Old West enemies, cowboys and Indians, defending the prairies from attack by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona.

If you are interested in reading the comic for free, make sure to head over to the Cowboys & Aliens homepage at drunkduck.com, where you will find the original comic, and it’s online exclusive sequel Cowboys and Aliens: Worlds at War (written by Alana Joli Abbott.)

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