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Universal has released a new (and from my count, third) trailer for Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys and Aliens”, which continues the mysterious approach to its leading man played by Daniel Craig. Who is he? Why does he have an alien weapon on his arm? And what’s the deal with Harrison Ford? The film opens next month, and bucking recent studio trends, Universal will bring the film to Comic Con, where Favreau has traditionally been a fan favorite, ahead of its release date. About 2,000 or so fans will even get to see it on July 23rd at the film’s world premiere at the San Diego Civic Theatre, a breezy walk from the San Diego Convention Center where the Con is held. I’m guessing further details will be revealed at the movie’s Con panel.
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.
Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Noah Ringer, Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, and Keith Carradine fights back against them alien vermins July 29, 2011.
Jon Favreau directs.
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