'Cowboys & Aliens' and 'Real Steel' Casting Updates

Iron Man director Jon Favreau's comic book western Cowboys and Aliens and the Hugh Jackman vehicle Real Steel have added a name to each of their respective casts.

Variety reports that actor Adam Beach is the latest addition to the cast of next summer's Cowboys and Aliens. Beach will take on the role of Nat Colorado, a half-Apache who joins forces with Colonel Dollarhyde (Harrison Ford), a mysterious loner (Daniel Craig), and a host of outlaws and local townsfolk in the battle against extra-terrestrial invaders out in the Old West (circa 1873).

Beach is best known for playing Native American characters in films such as Flags of Our Fathers and Windtalkers - and on TV shows such as the HBO's Big Love.  Personally, I'm most familiar with him as the troubled Victor Joseph in the 1998 Sundance Film Festival award-winner Smoke Signals, a charming buddy flick/dramedy.

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Adam Beach and Evan Adams in 'Smoke Signals.'

Adam Beach and Evan Adams in Smoke Signals

Meanwhile, character actress Hope Davis has joined the cast of Real Steel, a sci-fi flick based off the short story "Steel" by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend).  The film will revolve around a down-and-out boxer (Hugh Jackman) who teams up with his estranged son (child actor Dakota Goyo) to train the perfect contender for the high-tech sport of robot boxing.

Davis brings a certain air of prestige to this odd story, which will be directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night). Davis received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Joyce Brabner, wife of realist comic book writer Harvey Pekar in the 2003 Sundance award winner, American Splendor.  Her resume also includes quality work with filmmakers such as Charlie Kaufman (Synechdoche, New York), Alexander Payne (About Schmidt), and a recurring role on the HBO drama In Treatment.

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Hope Davis opposite Gabriel Byrne in 'In Treatment.'

Hope Davis and Gabriel Byrne in In Treatment.

Neither Beach nor Davis are exceptionally well known performers but both make for pleasant additions to two sci-fi adventures that sound pretty ridiculous (in terms of content).  Cowboys and Aliens should be good, if silly, fun - and Real Steel sounds interesting simply because of the talent that's involved in the project at this point.

What do you think of these two performers?  Is it odd to see them appearing in sci-fi movies like these? Sound off in the comments section below.

Cowboys and Aliens will charge into theaters in the U.S. on July 29th, 2011 while Real Steel will do the same later that year on November 18th.

Source: Variety

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