Abigail Spencer of “Mad Men” Rides Onto “Cowboys and Aliens”

Abigail Spencer of "Mad Men" will play Daniel Craig's ex in the most hotly anticipated space western of next summer.

Spencer, best known as Sally Draper's teacher and Don Draper's ladyfriend on Season 3 of "Mad Men," is the latest to join the cast of director Jon Favreua's "Cowboys and Aliens," according to Variety. The film is based on the comic book of the same name, about cowboys and Indians banding together to fight a common foe: alien invaders.

Here's the official synopsis from the movie's facebook page:

1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents -- townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors -- all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

"Cowboys" already sports an impressive cast, with Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Walter Goggins, Clancy Brown and Keith Carradine all on board.

As Wilde tweeted in hailing Spencer's addition to the film, "Abigail Spencer, welcome to the cast of Cowboys & Aliens!!! She is lovely, funny, gorgeous (duh), and talented. this cast ROCKS."

"Cowboys and Aliens" is due to open July 29, 2011. We are "stoked," as the kids say.

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