Director Jon Favreau refused to be outdone today at WonderCon 2011 by the 10-minute Green Lantern clip, so he played a 9-minute reel that included an exclusive first look at the alien from his new film Cowboys & Aliens.
The alien was shown at the end where a toothy looking creature reared its large ugly head into the opening of a cave where people were presumingly trapped inside. I’d say it looked pretty similar to Aliens, but I didn’t get as good of a look as I’d have liked to (side note: thank you person sitting in front of me who had to go to the restroom at the most inopportune time).
The scene started out with Daniel Craig‘s character Jake Lonergan walking up to a building and inspecting to see if anyone else was inside. He enters and starts dressing a wound just as a gun is pointed at his head from behind by Meacham (played by Clancy Brown). “Two kinds of men get shot: criminals and victims. Well, which one are ya?” Meacham says, which Jake replies with “I don’t know.”
Then they cut to a scene with Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) interrogating a man for blowing up other people’s cows. The man is tied between two horses that are walking in the opposite directions. Cut to a big energy blast and then back to the man tied up. The Colonial and his men get word that Jake is being held in town and ride there to confront him, along with a surprise confrontation with the aliens, which has been shown in less detail in past footage. Later scenes reveal that the aliens have been abducting people and Jake is one of them — a detail that Olivia Wilde‘s character Ella is very aware of and presses him on those details. Dolarhyde’s son was abducted as well as Doc’s (Sam Rockwell) wife.
Favreau said he felt the need to show more to the WonderCon crowd because the fans here understand what he’s trying to do and also that this is really his last chance to tease the film since San Diego Comic-Con in July is too close to the film’s release date to have a real impact.
“You guys got it, you guys figured out that it’s about having these people wrap their heads around something completely foreign…” like things flying from the sky and ray guns being blasted, Favreau said. He also reminded people that the film was only being shot in “glorious” 2D and said, “If you want to continue seeing movies in 2D, come support us and let the theater owners know that 2D is not dead.”
Judging from the acting ability alone, that shouldn’t be too far of a stretch to entice people to see this film. The teaser scenes with Rockwell, Craig, and Ford alone are worth the price of admission for me.