Alas the loss of Downey hurt the project but that wasn't going to stop Dreamworks/Universal from going after another big name to topline their sci-fi epic. Almost immediately 'James Bond' himself Daniel Craig was rumored to be up for the role. Now, thanks to Deadline Hollywood, it's confirmed that Daniel Craig will indeed be starring in Jon Favreau's COWBOYS & ALIENS!
The site says the actor has just closed a deal to play Zeke Jackson, a former Union Army gunslinger who gets caught in the middle of an Old West battle between the Apache and Western settlers that is interrupted by a spaceship crashing into the prairie near Silver City, Ariz. The story draws a parallel between the American imperialist drive to conquer the "savage" Indians with its advanced technology and the aliens' assault on Earthlings, who must join together to survive the invaders' attack. COWBOYS & ALIENS has a start-date of June 2010 with a release date of Summer 2011 already pegged so hopefully we hear a lot more on the film real soon!
Craig's most recent 'Bond Girl' - Olga Kurylenko