Harrison Ford to play Wyatt Earp; 'Wire' star heads to 'Community'
July 26th, 2011
04:00 AM ET

Harrison Ford to play Wyatt Earp; 'Wire' star heads to 'Community'

Harrison Ford, who stars alongside Daniel Craig in this weekend's "Cowboys & Aliens," isn't ready to leave the West just yet: the 69-year-old actor has signed on to play Wyatt Earp in the adaptation of the novel, "Black Hats," according to Variety.

The 2007 book has Earp face off with Al Capone in the '20s. Earp is sent on his mission to New York courtesy of the widow of Doc Holliday, whose son's speakeasy is troubled by Capone.

"300" co-writer Kurt Johnstad is adapting the novel for the screen.

In other casting news, "Wire" star Michael K. Williams - known as "Omar" to fans of the show - is heading to NBC's "Community," reports TV Guide.

Williams has landed a role as the new biology prof on the lauded show, and is expected to stick around for at least three episodes. The Greendale gig is Williams' character's first teaching job out of prison, which is where he picked up his degree in biology.

"Community" creator Dan Harmon explains that the casting is an attempt to switch things up a bit.

"We've had all these crazy teacher characters," Harmon says. "They're so dedicated to their profession that they're kind of nuts or they're off the deep end. So, the next logical place to go on that playing field is a deeply intense character. I want to use that as a comedic tool."

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  1. alecia

    Yeah for Hollywood!! One of the few real men in town to play Wyatt Earpp! Rock on Mr. Ford! I cant wait!

    July 26, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gillian Lane

    @Larry i want to lick ur a$z. please may i

    July 26, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Larry

    Harrison Ford will be good as Wyatt Earp in his later years, I will have to check it out.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gillian Lane

    Omg i just want to roll arond in my poo and eat animal poo because I'm a miserable person. I hate people bc everyone is so much better looking than me

    July 26, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |

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