Olivia Wilde ("House," "The O.C.") is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Craig in the sci-fi Western “Cowboys & Aliens.”
Directed by "Iron Man's" Jon Favreau, the Dreamworks project is based on a comic book about a flying saucer that crashes in Arizona in the mid-1800s. Western settlers must set aside tensions with the native Apache and join forces to see off the extraterrestrial invaders.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wilde is up for the role of Ella, a young woman who teams up with Craig's "mysterious gunslinger" against the alien invasion.
Wilde's previous movie experience includes "Alpha Dog," "Turistas," "Year One" and the highly anticipated "Tron Legacy," which is set to be released in December. She's got the acting chops, so hopefully she also has the action chops to stand-up with Daniel Craig against alien scum.
Craig is taking over the role from Robert Downey Jr., who dropped out in January.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing and wrote the script with “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof. Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are also producing along with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who created the graphic novel upon which the movie is based.
"Cowboys & Aliens" is expected to begin shooting in July for a 2011 release date.
Sources: Live for Films, First Showing, MTV News, The Geek Files