According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Downey Jr. has left the sci-fi Western “Cowboys & Aliens” behind. However, Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") will remain with the film as the director and production is expected to begin later this year for a summer 2011 release date.
It's not clear yet on the exact reason for Downey’s dropping out but it’s reasonable to assume he may just have too much on his plate going forward. With this holiday’s "Sherlock Holmes" kicking off another franchise, there could be a rush from the studio for a sequel which they spent a lot of time and effort setting up for in this first installment.
He also has at least two other leading roles in Marvel Studios’ franchise as Tony Star/Iron Man after "Iron Man 2" debuts this May. Both "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers" are expected to come out within the next few years and Downey simply may not have time to dedicate to a third potential franchise.
Downey had been expected to portray Zeke Jackson, a gunslinger who rallies a group of cowboys and Apache Indians when aliens invade Arizona during the mid-19th century.
“Cowboys & Aliens” was originally published in 2006 as a graphic novel. The screenplay — by “Star Trek” and “Transformers” screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci along with “Lost” producer Damon Lindelof — reportedly veers away from the storyline used within the comic book.
Are you disappointed to hear that Downey has left “Cowboys & Aliens”? Who would you like to see replace him in the leading role?
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Sources: Screen Rant, MTV News