Yahoo is playing host to the new trailer for Cowboys & Aliens, the upcoming film from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. The film, based on a graphic novel of the same name, stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine and Noah Ringer.
Here’s the official synopsis:
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger 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. 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, 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.
I’m a little surprised by the film’s tone. Judging by the title, I was expecting something a little more campy — or at least with a few yucks. From the trailer, this looks like like a nice mash-up of Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and 3:10 to Yuma.
What do you think? Has this moved to the top of your 2011 anticipation list?
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