Hot on the heels of a couple of major casting announcements for the upcoming comic book adaptation, Cowboys & Aliens, comes the all important news of when the movie will be released. Read on below to find out.

The Wrap is reporting that Universal and Dreamworks will make Cowboys & Aliens together, as opposed to Universal making it with Disney. They have announced a prime summer date for the movie to hit theaters: July 29th, 2011. Apparently that was the date Peter Berg’s Battleship adaptation was to be released (although we had it at August 5th for some reason…) until it was recently shifted to May 5th, 2012. So instead of aliens attacking battleships, we’ll have them turning their sights to cowboys in the Old West!

Jon Favreau is directing and Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof are writing the adaptation of the comic series, which pits cowboys against an invading horde of aliens in the 1800s. The movie already has two of its leads in the form of Daniel Craig (replacing Robert Downey Jr. who opted to make Sherlock Holmes 2 instead) and Olivia Wilde, star of House and the upcoming Tron Legacy. Craig will play Zeke Jackson, the leader of the cowboys and Wilde will play a character named Ella, who helps Craig’s Zeke battle the aliens (and I assume will be some sort of love interest for him).

We’ll certainly have plenty to keep us going in the long summer months of 2011: Cowboys & Aliens joins an exciting list of movies that includes Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Hangover 2, amongst others. Start marking your calendars now!

I can’t say Cowboys & Aliens beats out a lot of those movies as the one I’m looking forward to most – but the cast so far and the high concept certainly has piqued my interest. I’ll be there opening day for sure.

Are you looking forward to Cowboys & Aliens? Where does it rank on your most anticipated list for next year?

As stated, Cowboys & Aliens is set to hit theaters on July 29th, 2011. It is supposed to begin filming this July.

Source: The Wrap