According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rockwell has signed on to portray a bar owner named Doc who joins the fight against the aliens in the old west. The role was reportedly rewritten and expanded for Rockwell by "Cowboys & Aliens" screenwriters, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof.
Rockwell's "Iron Man 2" co-star Robert Downey Jr. had previously been attached to play the lead character, Zeke Johnson — a gunslinger who helps unite a tribe of Apache warriors and his fellow settlers against the alien invasion — before the role ultimately went to Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale").
"Cowboys & Aliens" was created by Platinum Studios' Scott Mitchell Rosenberg before it was published as a graphic novel in 2007 by writers Fred Van Lente & Andrew Foley and artists Dennis Calero & Luciano Lima.
Back in January, word broke that "Cowboys & Aliens" is under consideration to be filmed in 3-D when it begins shooting in July.
"Cowboys & Aliens" is set to invade theaters in July 2011.
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