He’s had experience with aliens, and he’s turned up in the Old West before, but never at the same time. It could be time to pull one ridiculous fanboy daydream into reality, as it seems like Harrison Ford might well be joining the cast of Cowboys and Aliens.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, this is the Jon Favreau picture with a script by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, initially expected to star Robert Downey Jr. but now cast with Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde and expected to open on July 29th 2011 (or June 24th, according to some doubtful types). What’s it about? Cowboys and aliens. Of course. And adapted from the comic book of the same name . Again, as expected. Oh, and to continue being obvious, the film ‘might’ be shot in 3D.

Latino Review are reporting that they received a tip-off last week that Ford would be joining “a huge comic book movie to be directed by a director coming off a soon to be released huge comic book movie”. The only film I can think of to fit that description is indeed Cowboys and Aliens - but do you have any other ideas?

This tip was given a little added weight when Favreau tweeted “Some very cool Cowboys & Aliens casting news coming soon…” so the rumour finally made it online.

So, if it’s true, we’ll hear soon.

Ford’s resume of late has been a little… disappointing. And we should remember that the last time he put on a funny hat to face of with aliens in the desert, not many people were too pleased.

Looking through the Aliens and Cowboys comic, which can be perused for free online at Drunk Duck, I’d hazard a guess that Ford would be up for the role of Alan Cross, “head of the Silver City Homesteader’s Bureau”, “town founder, mayor, president of the chamber of commerce, owner of the local silver mining company and, ah, an elligible bachelor”. Or not. None of the roles really seem an ideal match – though who knows how they’ve been altered in the screenplay? Ford’s role (if indeed he has one) might not even exist in the comic in the first place.

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