Jon Favreau continues to expand the cast of his forthcoming event picture Cowboys and Aliens today with the news that Adam Beach (Big Love) will saddle up for the film, joining Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer, Paul Dano and more.
Variety reports that Beach will play Nat Colorado, a half-Apache who works for Ford's character Woodrow Dollarhyde. The storyline revolves around a group of Apache Indians and Western settlers who resolve to patch up their differences and join forces when an alien spaceship crash-lands in their city. Based on the popular Platinum Studios comic, the film is being financed and distributed by Universal Pictures and DreamWorks, produced by Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Damon Lindelof from a script by Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.
I've been looking forward to the hiring of Native American actors for this film, as the cowboys have been set in place for months with the casting of Craig, Ford and most recently, Rockwell. Though their respective characters will be important to the film, the narrative calls for a group of strong actors to portray the proud Apache warriors that join them in battle against the aliens. Beach's involvement will hopefully lead to more well known actors of Native American decent (like Wes Studi and, hell, even Benjamin Bratt) to get involved in what is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2011.