Sam Rockwell has joined Jon Favreau's Cowboys And Aliens comic book adaptation — making this movie possibly the geekiest undertaking happening right now, thanks to a cast that also includes Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde.
Rockwell, who is getting lots of great attention for his role as Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2, joins the cast as Doc, a local bar owner. According to The Hollywood Reporter,
Once Favreau and the writers — Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof — learned that Rockwell was interested in the movie, they reconceived and expanded the role, which initially called for a heavy-set man.
Rockwell joins Daniel Craig, who plays a former Union Army member turned gunslinger named Zeke Jackson, along with Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. So let's recap: the star of last year's genre-redefining epic Moon, James Bond, Han Solo and Tron Legacy's new heroine, all in one movie. Plus, they will be directed by Iron Man's own Jon Favreau, with a script penned by Star Trek, Fringe and Lost overlords Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof.
And let's not forget the whole idea was spawned from a comic book. That's excellent geek fodder right there. July 29th 2011 can't come soon enough.
If you're not familiar with the plot, the title is pretty self-explanatory. But here's a little comic trailer someone put together to get you even more excited.