First Cowboys & Aliens Trailer (Plus Jon Favreau Interview)

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

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Cowboys & Aliens is already generating enough buzz to make it one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2011. Today, the first teaser trailer from the film makes its online debut. We have the trailer for you here, as well as an inside look at director Jon Favreau’s take on the teaser.

We were fortunate enough to be among the few to get a sneak-peak at the Cowboys And Aliens trailer, as well as nearly forty minutes of footage, in an edit bay visit with Jon Favreau last week, and we can assure fans that they will not be disappointed.

In addition to an advance look at the trailer, we were also given the opportunity to view the the very early, work-in-progress, first act of the film, and will be bringing you a full report on our edit bay visit in the coming weeks.

What we are able to report now is that the trailer that you see here is highly reflective of the extended footage we’ve seen from the film. There is always the danger of misleading a film’s audience with an deceptive marketing campaign. Thankfully, that’s not the case with Cowboys & Aliens.

Favreau himself reflects “what I like about it as a filmmaker, is that it feels like they are selling the same movie that we’re making.” He goes on to say that this trailer encapsulates “the tone of the first act of the movie, and as we get deeper, and as more trailers come out – more will be revealed.”

Keep an eye out here on Screen Rant as we continue to bring you the latest about the film.

And now, take a look at the very first teaser trailer for Cowboys & Aliens:

For HD versions of the trailer head over to Yahoo! Movies.

That blend of raw old-West brutality, and creepily mysterious, restrained sci-fi, is exactly what you can expect to see more of from Cowboys & Aliens.

As film-goers, we have become comfortable, and used to “genre-bending” films; in fact, the tricks and tropes of genre-bending (or blending) have become so familiar and shorthand, that filmmakers now must essentially bend the bending in order to surprise audiences.

In his 2001 essay on The French Connection, writer Todd Berliner explains that, “genre-bending films rely on viewers’ habitual responses to generic codes, misleading audiences into expecting conventional outcomes.” In other words, genre-bending films typically set viewers up for the expected, only to then twist the tropes, “creating a more unsettling experience than the genre traditionally provides.”

Audiences have become sophisticated enough that most genre-films are now self-reflexive in some way, or ways.

Harrison Ford First Cowboys & Aliens Trailer (Plus Jon Favreau Interview)

In casting Harrison Ford, Favreau is tipping his hat (metaphorically) at fans; and said hat tip plays into the tone of the film. He likens the casting choice to that of a classic Western star, explaining that “when John Wayne stepped onto the screen, he brought his entire body of work with him, and you have to acknowledge that. You can go with expectation or against expectation…”. However, both filmmaker and audience are well aware that a wealth of history comes with the casting choice – a lesson Favreau learned while working with Robert Downey Jr., on Iron Man.

A wealth of history is also intrinsically present in any genre film; that element of the past is heightened in a film that blends genres, as Cowboys & Aliens does. Self-reflexive, and genre-blending it may be, and yet, from what we have seen, Cowboys & Aliens feels like a film that honors its predecessors far more than many films that attempt to genre-blend, or bend, do.

Wild, Wild West This is not.

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  1. WHYYYYYYY must we wait until Wednesday lol. Unfair!

    • lol

  2. This had BETTER be a good movies since it prevented me from hiking in my favorite spot for three months this summer – a month longer than they said they would be there.

    Security stopped me even when they weren’t shooting.

    Couldn’t go to my favorite swimming place either for a while since they had that tied up.

    I would like to know what our community got out of this.

    • Robin,

      What does ANY community get out of a film shooting locally? Business from the hundreds of people who descend upon the town and need a place to eat and sleep. And maybe a bit of publicity as well.


      • I doubt that many of your people spent money here or that many locals got work out of it.

        Abiquiu doesn’t need movie PR, there are plenty of tourists.
        They come for the natural beauty and because of Georgia O’Keeffe – not because some movie was made here.

        I have nothing against you personally, but my world does not revolve around Hollywood hype.

        • Robin,

          Hey, I was just trying to answer your question. :)



  3. Wow Roth 3 straight articles in one day! Now that’s what we call a hard worker! Haha very well done :)

    • More due to the hard work of our fearless leader and amazing team of editors.

      But thank you :D!


      • Come on now, Roth. You put a ton of work into these!


        • :)

          • My GOD this was an EPIC trailer! Roth you are batting a thousand with your articles!

            And I gotta say that it is pretty awesome that the owner of the site and its writers answer all the comments they can in their articles, proving that Screen Rant is very cool.

            (Not trying to be an butt-kisser)


  4. wow, we know have men in black,jonah hex and a serious version of back to the future 3 all rolled into one. how original is that??? hahahaha

    • Jonah Hex? Back to the Future Part 3?I don’t think those films exist.

      • Hah, I was just about to say the same thing.
        It really is a shame there was no conclusion to the trilogy of Back to the Future, I would’ve loved to see that…about Hex tho, maybe he was referring to the Animated Short? That was pretty good.

        Also, I’d really love another X-Men movie, since X2 was released a long time ago, along with Superman 3 and I think it would be really cool if they added another trilogy to the 3 Star Wars movies and maybe a 4th Indiana Jones.

        • A third Blade movie would be welcome as well.

    • bull22,

      Watch the trailer and let’s see if you can still say that. 8)


  5. I feel bad that I’m glad MGM has been having money troubles so we can see Daniel Craig in films like “Cowboys and Aliens” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

  6. WOW.I could have SWORN this movie’s name was Cowboys VERSUS Aliens all this time!!!!!!!!!!lol. Still very much interested, nice poster!:D

  7. I wanted to see a picture of noah ringer, he knew that I go to the cast of cowboys and aliens.

  8. I can’t wait to see this film with so many talented people involved, it’s bound to be amazing good wishes Patty Rayfield

  9. I smell a few Oscar nods!!! Maybe Olivia Wilde. She’s awesome.

  10. Okay. The timer ended for the trailer and nothing. It just started counting down again.

  11. The trailer has been updated to this article, check it out!


  12. Harrison Ford is what? In his seventies? He is still kicking ass. Can’t wait to see more than just the teaser!

  13. nevermind

  14. Well, looks pretty cool if you ask me. I’ll be in line for this for sure come release time.

  15. Where are you Trailer?

    • Never mind, a simple click of the refresh button and its there.
      Looks promising.

  16. Looks great. Man, next year is going to be awesome!

  17. Amazing looking. I have always wanted Ford to do another western since The Cisco Kid. He looks like he is actually interested in this movie unlike his past 2.

    this should be a roller coaster ride.

    And Olivia Wilde is so hot, I can’t believe she is not some CGI character.

  18. The trailer was meh.

  19. I do like this poster, but I gotta say, I miss the old school, hand drawn posters. I wish a movie would use those again sometimes.

  20. This is what ‘Indiana Jones Meets Aliens’ SHOULD’VE BEEN.

  21. Ooooooo!! This looks good! I love westerns and I love alien movies.


  23. Lovin’ this :)


  25. There’s a bug on the trailer page. I can’t download the HD version because it disappears every time I try to mouse over it! The trailer looks very promising though, and I look forward to it!

  26. Finally got it to work. Very well done trailer, and this film will rock.

  27. Ok now that’s how ya make a trailer partner! I’ll be in line to see this instead of Green Lantern.