Super Bowl spot for Orci/Kurtzman/Lindelof-scripted Cowboys & Aliens debuts

Universal has released a new TV spot for director Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens”. The film’s script was written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. This TV spot will air during Super Bowl XLV, but has hit the web early. Click over the jump to watch it.

The new TV spot features several new scenes, and lucky for us, Universal has decided to make it available to view online before it screens during today’s Super Bowl (YouTube via Hero Complex | LA Times):

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

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.

See our most recent write-up on the film, which includes the first teaser trailer and a batch of images, at this link.

“Cowboys & Aliens” stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell and is scheduled for release on July 29, 2011.

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Norman Bates
February 6, 2011 3:22 pm

I had no idea that Han Solo was going to be in this film!?

February 6, 2011 3:22 pm


Norman Bates
February 6, 2011 3:23 pm

And James Bond!?

Norman Bates
February 6, 2011 3:24 pm

No you was second, I was first!

Loving the cast line up, might give this one a go…

February 6, 2011 3:41 pm

Just think I might go see this one. Like Daniel Craig!

Will it open in NZ cinemas as it does in the US, 29 July 2011? Hope so.

February 6, 2011 4:36 pm

WOW! … I can’t wait for this, too! :-) :-)

Janeway's Knickers
February 6, 2011 4:44 pm

Why do people say “first”?

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
February 6, 2011 5:16 pm

Been looking forward to this for a while. can’t wait to se eit.

February 6, 2011 5:21 pm

This looks a lot better than the first trailer.

February 6, 2011 6:00 pm

This actually looks really good. Didn’t realise the cast was as impressive as it is.

February 6, 2011 7:03 pm

So is this the prequel to the Enterprise episode North Star. depends on the ending I guess. very similiar to how they decribed the removal of humans from Earth.

February 6, 2011 7:25 pm

9. Ditto.

February 6, 2011 7:37 pm

Looks fun.

February 6, 2011 7:40 pm

@ 11.


February 6, 2011 8:55 pm

Looks kind of lame.

February 6, 2011 9:30 pm

@16. I must say that the alien spaceships looked kind of lame – like something out of the 80’s Last Starfighter movie. Otherwise, I thought it looked pretty good, especially given that the first trailer made the movie look way to serious.

February 6, 2011 9:35 pm

Hope u likey.

February 6, 2011 9:56 pm

@16 The spaceships are lame because that’s how they looked back in the 1870’s. This is a historical movie ya know.

February 6, 2011 10:45 pm

Looks good! Will be in first Friday audience!

February 6, 2011 11:56 pm

18. Best answer ever.

February 7, 2011 1:17 am

Han Solo, James Bond and Thirteen… looks like fun :)

Norman Bates
February 7, 2011 4:45 am

Will Han Solo shoot first?

I'm Dead Jim
February 7, 2011 5:36 am

I’ll go see it because it looks like FUN!

February 7, 2011 6:47 am

@boborci At least it’s an original premise, not a rehashed idea…

…oh, wait…

…sorry. :-)

February 7, 2011 6:58 am

@24, at least it’s something new to film, not something that’s been remade over and over.
I still can’t believe Marvel is redoing Spiderman and X-men already, it hasn’t even been 10 years since the last films were made.

February 7, 2011 7:33 am

It seems Favreau still hasn’t learned how to make CGI look good in live footage, something he’s been guilty of in Iron Man but especially Iron Man 2, he seems to be repeating that in Cowboys & Aliens. I don’t know what to think of the movie though.

February 7, 2011 8:19 am

Indy and Bond, together on screen. This looks awesome, can’t wait !!

February 7, 2011 9:46 am

Sounds like it could be fun.

But I am not expecting a masterpiece with this film.

Be great to see Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford together

February 7, 2011 9:47 am

Is it just me or does every word on a film trailer these days have to have a lens flare on them?

February 7, 2011 9:54 am

When Olivia Wilde is seen apparently nekkid, am I the only one who has flashbacks to Mathilda May’s “Space Girl” from Lifeforce?

P Technobabble
February 7, 2011 10:52 am

This looks like a good fun summer Sunday afternoon kinda movie. I’m lookin forward to it.

February 7, 2011 11:18 am

Well it cant be worst than Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.

It looks like it can be a bit of good fun.

February 7, 2011 12:23 pm

Amazing coincidence, everyone is talking about the 1985 movie “LifeForce” everywhere right now. Maybe it´s something telepathic.

February 7, 2011 1:02 pm


I hope I do too.

The spots could be better cut, but as always I reserve judgment until I see the film.

I’m there just based on Craig’s presence. Such a fan.

Never been that huge on Ford, though, just Indy and Solo.

Red Dead Ryan
February 7, 2011 3:01 pm

Can’t wait for this!

February 7, 2011 3:41 pm

30: “When Olivia Wilde is seen apparently nekkid, am I the only one who has flashbacks to Mathilda May’s ‘Space Girl’ from Lifeforce?”

I own Lifeforce on DVD and I experienced no flashback.

February 7, 2011 4:35 pm


First, good for you on owning it. Second, shame on you forgetting it!

February 7, 2011 5:03 pm

37: “First, good for you on owning it. Second, shame on you forgetting it!”

Who said I forgot? How am I supposed to forget the persistently fully naked beautiful Mathilda May?

But a naked Olivia Wilde didn’t remind me of her.

February 7, 2011 8:43 pm

This looks great! I plan on seeing it in theaters as well. ( I don’t go see everything in theaters, only the ones with eye candy like spaceships and the like!)

Trek Nerd Central
February 8, 2011 8:06 am

@17. Ten-gallon hats and whooshing alien ships: what’s not to like?

Bob, what about the sequel — “Romans and Zombies.” Will you be starting work on that soon?

John from Cincinnati
February 8, 2011 10:40 am

I love the premise of this movie, of how people of different backgrounds can unite together when faced with common annihlation for all.

John from Cincinnati
February 8, 2011 10:44 am

This movie looks awesome, can’t wait to see it. Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, my two favorites!

Harry Ballz
February 8, 2011 11:17 am

The next movie will be a murder mystery in space. The title?


Harry Ballz
February 8, 2011 12:06 pm

It’s on the news today…….Olivia Wilde is divorcing her husband.

Gentlemen, start your engines!

February 8, 2011 3:07 pm

Yes, I know, Harry. I think it is actually rather sad that yet another marriage cannot survive fame, fortune and Hollywood… Given who Olivia Wilde is married to, I would say that maintaining this relationship could have been something of an uphill climb anyway. I tend to have this romantic notion that love will find a way, but clearly it is not always the case.

It is no wonder that Chris Pine says he is happy being single and is very tentative about marriage, even though his own parents have so far beaten the odds and managed to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary late last year.

Harry Ballz
February 8, 2011 3:56 pm

I’m sure Chris Pine is having a very good time being single.

I suspect he will be the George Clooney of his generation. Lots of women, no wife!

February 8, 2011 5:12 pm

Don’t tell me you have heard about what Chris Pine said in the Details Magazine interview. Yikes. Some people did not like the idea of him modelling himself after George Clooney.

I think, from other things I have read, is that he would like to have the kind of CAREER that George Clooney has. George Clooney has managed to do with big budget movies and receiving a big pay cheque and then is able to afford to spend time doing his own projects and even financing some. Chris Pine has often expressed a great interest and love of music and quite likes the idea of giving directing a film a go.

Chris Pine has also said that he admires Matt Damon as an actor but also because of the way Matt Damon has been able, so far, balance his personal family life with his career. Within the last three months Matt Damon’s wife gave him a third daughter (she has four daughters now, and he has three, all to her).

Is this him (and his publicist?) covering all bases? Maybe, but I likey.

February 8, 2011 5:50 pm

47: “Some people did not like the idea of him modelling himself after George Clooney.”

Maybe he’s just modeling himself after Captain Kirk!

Hugh Hoyland
February 8, 2011 7:31 pm

I’ll try to check this out friday! If not then next week on my days off. :]

February 8, 2011 10:56 pm

#48 So he can be a lonely horndog. No, Kirk does not turn to Spock or any other male to find that kind of comfort or release…I find it *amusing* that a poster here calls the Uhura character a whore (because of the Spock/Uhura relationship – actual Star Trek canon) but is happy to promote Kirk and Spock being f*ckass buddies (which is NOT Star Trek canon, irrespective of what Roddenberry or anyone else may have intended).

Chris Pine is just saying what he thinks people want to hear. Legally he is single, until, when, if he and she(whoever) signs a Marriage Certificate under US (California) law. It is quite possible that there is no one because of the long hours of work he has to put in on doing movies like Welcome to People.