Hartnett Draws Quickly For Gunslinger Role

After zombies, vampires and werewolves, it's time for cowboys. In addition to Fox's new western SF show, Josh Hartnett has signed on to head up a new indie movie that's taking the western genre into familiar post-apocalyptic climes.

Hartnett has signed on to headline Gunslinger, to be directed by Blood: The Last Vampire's Chris Nahon. The movie will update the classic western plot of a man seeking revenge on an outlaw gang for killing his family by placing events in a "near future... snowy wasteland of a post-apocalyptic America," according to Variety. Producer Mark Williams sells the idea on a base level:

This story takes a unique and startling look at what might happen when the lawlessness of the Old West returns ... but with better weapons.

The movie is due to start shooting early next year.

Josh Hartnett aims for 'Gunslinger' [Variety]