Over recent weeks we’ve heard that, along with Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde, actors Sam Rockwell, Harrison Ford and Noah Ringer will star in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens. Little has been revealed about the film itself, other than it will involve cowboys and Native Americans being attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona.
Well today DreamWorks released the official synopsis for the film, and it gives us details on the plot, along with revealing who Harrison Ford will be playing.
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.
Cowboys and Aliens will begin filming shortly for a July 2011 release, with a script written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof (Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).