Craig in Cowboys & Aliens?

Earlier this week, busier-than-a-blue-arsed-fly Robert Downey Jr walked away from Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens because of an over-stuffed schedule.

Well, it seems that no time is being wasted in searching for a replacement. And over at Collider , they’ve had word that Daniel Craig has been approached to play the role left vacant by Downey Jr.

Though negotiations are still ongoing, Craig would play Zeke Jackson, a gunslinger who must unite with Indians when aliens arrive in Silver City, Arizona.

The project’s been ticking slowly over for nigh on a decade now, so here’s hoping Favreau can finally get the thing off the ground. The director wants to shoot this summer (which explains the swift casting negotiations), a timeframe that would definitely work around Craig’s Bond duties.

As for Mr Craig as a cowboy? Count us in! We know he can handle a gun, and look pretty cool doing so. Now get him in a hat and on a horse, and we'll see what he's really made of.

Fancy seeing Craig battling aliens in the Wild West? Let us know your thoughts below.

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.