First Look: The Set Of <i>Cowboys &amp; Aliens</i>

Overnight, director Jon Favreau tweeted the first photo from the set of Cowboys & Aliens, his adaptation of the 2006 Platinum Studios graphic novel. The night shot shows what I presume is Absolution, Arizona Territory, the desert town ruled by Harrison Ford's character Colonel Dolarhyde.

Just last month Favreau offered a shadowy peek at a costumed Daniel Craig, who stars as the mysterious Zeke Jackson.

Here's the synopsis for the DreamWorks/Universal film, which also stars Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Adam Beach and Clancy Brown:

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents — townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors — all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

Cowboys & Aliens opens on July 29, 2011.

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