Jane Got a Gun has changed so much in the last couple months that I don’t have any idea what to expect at this point. Original director Lynne Ramsay departed right on the eve of shooting (and still hasn’t spoken publicly about the reason for doing so) and that began a cycle of cast changes that continues weeks later.
Last week Bradley Cooper walked away from playing the film’s bad guy, reportedly because of scheduling conflicts with David O. Russell’s American Hustle, and his generally busy schedule. Indeed, Russell’s movie was thrown into a bit of chaos thanks to the Boston Marathon bomber manhunt, and so that’s a plausible reason. But after all the upheaval on the western that is now being directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) it’s somewhat difficult to imagine that scheduling was the only issue.
Regardless, Ewan McGregor has now stepped in to play the leader of a gang of outlaws. Among the gang was the husband of Jane (Natalie Portman), but he leaves the gang and heads for home, leading her to recruit an old flame (Joel Edgerton) to help defend her homestead in case the outlaws come calling.
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Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
I don’t believe in curses, but if I did I’d be inclined to believe Jane Got a Gun was suffering from one. Bradley Cooper has just dropped out of the notoriously troubled Western, making him the third actor to do so in just two months. Joel Edgerton, Natalie Portman, and Noah Emmerich remain on board.
Producers are now scrambling to find a replacement, and are reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hiddleston as possibilities. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
For the past several weeks, the casting of Jane Got a Gun has played like an extra-handsome version of musical chairs. First Michael Fassbender and Joel Edgerton were in, then Fassbender departed and Edgerton took his place. Jude Law was brought in to take Edgerton’s old slot, but then he left too. Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jeff Bridges were eyed as potential replacements for Law, before Bradley Cooper finally booked the part.
But one seat has remained steadily empty throughout the process, until now. Noah Emmerich will round out the cast of the Gavin O’Connor-directed Western as Natalie Portman‘s husband, whose betrayal of his gang sets the rest of the plot in motion. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
The all-star lineup for Jane Got a Gun is changing again, hopefully for the last time. Bradley Cooper has just joined the Gavin O’Connor-directed Western in the villain role vacated last month by Jude Law — who was himself a replacement for Joel Edgerton, who switched characters when Michael Fassbender departed.
The troubled Western has seen some serious shakeups over the past few weeks, most famously when original director Lynne Ramsay quit by simply not showing up on the first day of production. O’Connor was quickly brought in to take her place. The one major player who’s remained steadily in place throughout is Natalie Portman, who plays the title character and also serves as a producer. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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The Jane Got a Gun story keeps getting more complicated.
The outline of the story, as we know it, is that the indie western produced by and starring Natalie Portman was set to begin shooting this past Monday, but that Ramsay didn’t turn up to direct on the day. Producer/financier Scott Steindorff spoke out via Deadline, saying he was “shocked” at the director’s behavior. He quickly hired Gavin O’Connor (of Warrior, which also starred Jane Got a Gun cast member Joel Edgerton) as a replacement director. Now Steindorff is looking for an actor to replace Jude Law, who had recently been hired for the film, but dropped out following Ramsay’s departure.
But the bigger story about the film is still in between the lines. Suggestions are emerging that Ramsay had actually quit the weekend prior to production start; if that is the case, then the big statements and assumptions made this week have to be re-evaluated. In the meantime, however, there is a new casting effort to report. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Jane Got a Gun just can’t catch a break. Yesterday, the indie Western suddenly found itself without a director when Lynne Ramsay failed to show up for the first day of shooting. The project quickly bounced back this morning by hiring Gavin O’Connor to take her place, but now it’s being derailed again as it’s lost one of its stars. Jude Law has abruptly departed the project, just one week after he initially boarded. Hit the jump to read more.
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On Monday, Lynne Ramsay was set to begin shooting the western Jane Got a Gun, with Natalie Portman (who is also producing) as a woman who, with a former lover, defends her homestead and spouse against bandits that wounded her husband. Joel Edgerton and Jude Law are also in the cast, with Law replacing Michael Fassbender.
But when day broke on Monday and the cast and crew were in place, Ramsay was nowhere to be found. For reasons unknown to the public, Ramsay didn’t show up, and was effectively fired (or quit) as a result.
Producer/financier Scott Steindorff said yesterday that he and the cast and crew were committed to the film and that a new director would be hired. Now, Warrior director Gavin O’Connor is in talks to make the film, and will reportedly begin directing on Thursday.
Update: Jude Law has now exited the production. Details here.
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Lynne Ramsay‘s third film, We Need to Talk About Kevin, is nearly a masterpiece of parental paranoia and despair. Based on that, and her previous work, and a great cast, we had big hopes for her new movie, Jane Got a Gun. The indie western stars Natalie Portman as a woman who takes up arms to defend her homestead against the bandits she assumes are en route to finish off her and her wounded husband.
Last week we heard that Michael Fassbender, who had been set to play one of the lead roles, had dropped out, with Joel Edgerton moving over into his role, and Jude Law set to step in to the role vacated by Edgerton. That just seemed like one of those scheduling hiccups that happens, especially on indies. Turns out there might be much bigger problems with the movie.
Jane Got a Gun was set to start shooting yesterday, but when everyone assembled on set, there was one person missing. Lynne Ramsay didn’t show up to direct, and is now off the film. What happened? Right now we only have one point of view on the story. Read More »
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