Daniel Craig eyeing Cowboys and Aliens

Daniel Craig might be putting on the Stetson left behind by Robert Downey Jr. in the sci-fi Western, Cowboys and Aliens.

The James Bond star is in early talks to play a gunslinger in the DreamWorks project, which explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies — cowboys and Native Americans — found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona.

The gunslinger named Jake is the one who leads the human revolt. Whether Craig dons an American accent for the part remains to be seen.

Jon Favreau is directing. DreamWorks hopes to shoot the film this year with an eye toward a 2011 release, and Downey dropped out last week due to scheduling issues. Among his offerings are potential sequels to Sherlock Holmes and a third Iron Man movie.

DreamWorks has a soft spot for Craig. The actor starred in Steven Spielberg’s Munich and plays a pirate in The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which Spielberg directed.

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