Apparently it’s a big week for trailer releases, and today we’ve got the first look at yet another major comic book movie that is hitting theatres next summer. However, for once, it’s not a Marvel or DC superhero flick… instead, it’s a movie based on an indie graphic novel called Cowboys & Aliens. Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Zathura) is helming this big budget sci-fi western, and it’s got a lot of other heavy-hitters involved including screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek), and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Did I mention Harrison Ford? How great is it to see him back in an action role that isn’t Indiana Jones?
Considering that it’s not a sequel, remake or something based on a well-known property, I guess they really had to cover all their bases, but after watching the trailer I don’t think they have anything to worry about. Daniel Craig stars as a mysterious stranger in mid-19th century Arizona with no memory of his past. He finds himself imprisoned by the locals until one day alien invaders swoop down from the sky. Harrison Ford plays the merciless Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde, while Olivia Wilde (The O.C., Tron: Legacy) plays the love interest. We all know that science-fiction and westerns haven’t mixed all that well in the past (ie. Wild Wild West, Jonah Hex) but this seems like it has a lot going for it. Is this the real movie we should all be looking forward to next summer? Cowboys & Aliens hits theatres on July 29th, 2011; check out the trailer after the jump.