Over the past few months the cast of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens has grown significantly with the additions of Harrison Ford, Noah Ringer, and Sam Rockwell. Now the film’s studio (DreamWorks) has finally released its official plot synopsis. It’s time to see what Favreau has in mind for Zeke Jackson and his alien fighting cowboys…

The screenplay for Cowboys & Aliens was adapted by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman from the comic of the same name. Here’s the breakdown:

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (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 (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.

We can’t remember the last time we saw Harrison Ford play a serious bad guy. He’s always saving a government official or a beautiful young woman from being killed. It will be interesting to see him go up against Craig as a cold-hearted law man.

What do you think of the plot from Cowboys & Aliens?

Source: Coming Soon