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Daniel Craig Saddles Up For Cowboys & Aliens

Another franchise added to his belt?

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Cowboys & Aliens is a graphic novel that a lot of people haven't heard of.  It's been out of print but the comic that Fred Van Lente co-wrote had been gaining attention since DreamWorks and Jon Favreau have announced their plans to make a movie out of it.  It seemed like the movie hit a rough patch when Robert Downey Jr decided to drop out of the movie (since he has his hands full with Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes).  A couple weeks ago there was some speculation that Daniel Craig might be stepping into Downey' for the role. 
Today the word got out that Daniel Craig has closed his deal to take the lead role, as Zeke Jackson in the Western/Sci-Fi movie.  Zeke has to team up with the local Native Americans when an alien ship full of invaders arrives in the late 1800s.  There has only been one comic but the way it ends leaves the film perfect for a franchise.  This could mean that Craig could have this and James Bond to pay the bills. 
I could easily see Robert Downey Jr in the role of Zeke.  I do think Daniel Craig is an amazing actor but I'm not sure how he'll fit in this role.  I'll admit I only recall Craig from the Bond movies, Defiance and The Golden Compass.  It turns out that he was also in the 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.  If the movie turns out to be in 3-D, as Favreau has mentioned, the combination of a Western movie mixed with invading aliens could make this an interesting movie.