Olivia Wilde lassos role in "Cowboys and Alien"

Tue Feb 2, 2010 1:07am EST
 
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By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Olivia Wilde is in negotiations to star opposite Daniel Craig in the sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens," which Jon Favreau is directing for DreamWorks Studios.

Wilde will play a character named Ella who joins up with mysterious gunslinger in an unlikely uprising against an alien invasion.

Craig is playing the gunslinger, taking over the role from Robert Downey Jr., who dropped out of the project in January.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing and wrote the script with "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof. Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are also producing along with Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who created the graphic novel upon which the movie is based.

Wilde appears weekly on Fox's hit series "House." Her next big-screen appearance will be in Disney's "Tron Legacy," hitting theaters in December. She also will be seen in the Lionsgate thriller "The Next Three Days."