Sam Rockwell wrangles a role in COWBOYS AND ALIENS
It seems another IRON MAN alumni has just joined Jon Favreau’s next sci-fi project, COWBOYS AND ALIENS. Sam Rockwell (or Justin Hammer as he will forever be known in my heart) is being confirmed as ‘cast’ in the project, so says THR.
Rockwell will be playing the (awesome) role of Doc. I’m working my way through the graphic novel right now, and I can confidently say that Rockwell is a great cast for Doc. For the film, they will be re-imagining Doc, who, in the comic is a heavy, bar-owner who eventually joins the crew in pursuit of the aliens. The character will remain mostly the same, just slimmed down for Rockwell.
The writers and Favreau jumped on the re-imagining process once they heard Rockwell was interested.
Yes, Rockwell is more typically seen in smaller indie movies and art-house work, But it’s nice to have him floating between the Hollywood scene and his typical stuff. Rockwell is always fun to watch, so this is a promising find.
The film already stars Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Noah Ringer and is slated to begin shooting in June. Orci and Kurtzman are being joined by LOST mastermind Damon Lindelof to write the screenplay.