Craig cast in Cowboys & Aliens

It’s not exactly breaking news, but it’s at least confirmation of what we already kind of knew…

According to Deadline , Daniel Craig has officially signed the dotted line to replace Robert Downey Jr in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens film adap.

Craig will star as Zeke Jackson, a gunslinger who fights alongside Native Americans when aliens arrive on Earth and attempt to take over the joint.

Promising a mix of out-there action and tongue-in-cheek humour, Cowboys & Aliens could be the start of yet another successful franchise for Craig.

We can’t think of anybody better suited to the role. He’s manly (despite that pout), can handle a gun, isn’t afraid to get his knuckles bruised in a fight scene and also manages to bring humanity to his roles (he was even quite good in the first Tomb Raider , no mean feat).

Hurrah for Danny Boy. With Favreau keen to shoot Cowboys this summer, expect other cast members to jump onboard pretty sharpish.

We're hoping for The Good, The Bad & The Ugly meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers by way of The Searchers .

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Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.