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Iron Man team to take on Cowboys

Robert Downey Jr plays Iron Man
Downey Jr has signed up for a third Iron Man film

Robert Downey Jr and his Iron Man director Jon Favreau are to team up on another another comic-book movie, Cowboys And Aliens.

Downey Jr has been attached to the project, which is being co-written by Lost's executive producer Damon Lindelof, since last summer.

Favreau will direct the sci-fi Western, which pits cowboys and native-Americans against aliens in 19th Century Arizona.

The film is expected to be released in 2011 - a year after Iron Man 2.

Before then, Downey Jr will star in Guy Ritchie's re-telling of the Sherlock Holmes story, due out on Christmas Day.

Favreau will next appear in the comedy Couples Retreat, alongside Vince Vaughn, Jean Reno and Kristen Bell.

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