Jon Favreau Discusses Cowboys and Aliens Photo and Harrison Ford
05.22.10 by Ryan
Jon Favreau recently used his Twitter account to reveal the first image from his upcoming comic book adaptation Cowboys and Aliens — currently in pre-production — but the hazy, stark (ahem) image left a little to be desired in the way of details. Collider caught up with Favreau, who revealed the mystery person depicted in the photo and a little bit more about what kind role Harrison Ford plays in the movie.
According to Favreau, the mystery person in the photo isn't a stunt double, but star Daniel Craig.
That's him. We couldn't really show too much because he didn't want to reveal any images on Twitter but I wanted to kind of get a sense of the feel of it. He's also somebody who plays an iconic figure that has a long tradition. So to have him playing a cowboy, I feel very good now having shot him and worked with him and hearing his thoughts. And the whole cast is great. With each person we add, the enthusiasm grows, with [Sam] Rockwell and [Paul] Dano, of course Harrison. So far it's great. The only thing that's scary is we're going to be shooting soon.
The recently released synopsis revealed that Ford will play "the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde", but Favreau says Ford's role will be yet another iconic role.
He's like our John Wayne. He's our generation's John Wayne. How do you separate him from the roles that he's played? He's defined the whole genre so you have to take that into consideration.
Cowboys and Aliens, which is — like the title suggests — about an alien uprising in 1870's Arizona, was originally intended as another potential franchise for Robert Downey Jr., until he left the project and was replaced by Craig. The movie could have been a reunion for Downey Jr. and his Iron Man 2 director, though Favreau claims Downey was gone before he agreed to direct the project.
Once Downey had set up shooting a sequel of Sherlock 2, he was no longer involved with this one. So when I came on board this one, it was already an open project but they had a new script based on [Alex] Kurtzman and [Roberto] Orci and [Damon] Lindelof.
We'll keep our eyes glued to Favreau's Twitter for more updates as he reveals them.