With filming edging ever closer on Jon Favreau’s massive Cowboys & Aliens, Dreamworks has released the first official synopsis for the movie, based on the script by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers 2). Although the comic book series, written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley ,gave us some idea what it’d be about, we’ve now go the official word, and it sounds as if it’ll be bizarre but a lot of fun.
So here’s the official synopsis: 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Daniel 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 (Harrison 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.
Sounds pretty cool. The movie is due out July 29th, 2011 and will also star Same Rockwell and Noah Ringer.