Cowboys & Aliens, a comic book series by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg which will be made into a movie by Jon Favreau (Iron Man director), just gave geeks everywhere reason to be happy by adding Harrison Ford to the cast.
Director Favreau announced yesterday Ford will join Daniel Craig in the self-explanatory sci-fi western, written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof (the team behind the new Star Trek and frequent collaborators JJ Abrams).
I’ve read a little of the comic and can say it’s absurdly interesting. These two genres don’t normally comingle but it works. And with the talent involved, it could end up being a nerd paradise.
Favreau is an avowed comics fan and it showed in the massively entertaining Iron Man and (I’d assume) its upcoming sequel. He knows humor and a property like this is perfect for his wily comedic sensibility. Orci and Kurtzman are the current screenwriting golden boys in Hollywood, with hits like the Transformers movies and the aforementioned Star Trek to their credit. And Lindelof is pretty much my hero, as the co-creator of Lost. And of course, Craig is the best Bond since Connery.
But the real coup here is Ford. The man is a legend. Han Solo, Indy, Blade Runner, “get off of my plane,” etc. Everyone knows this stuff and he brings a certain amount of authority to the proceedings.
As an aging actor, something that stands out enough for Ford to want in is enticing. The script sounds like it could be something special and I am very excited to see what Favreau and the growing cast can do with it.