Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Jeff Bridges Eyed to Replace Jude Law in JANE GOT A GUN

     March 21, 2013


The Western Jane Got a Gun has gotten off to a bit of a rough start.  The film was to begin production this past Monday, but director Lynne Ramsay abruptly left the project by reportedly not showing up for the first day of filming, leaving the pic in a state of uncertainty.  Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) was quickly brought in to replace Ramsay, but then Jude Law dropped out of the project as a result of Ramsay’s departure, leaving the film without a villain.  Natalie Portman is poised to star as a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullets, spurring her to team up with her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) in order to seek revenge against the man responsible (the villain role yet to be cast).

With production apparently back underway, O’Connor and the film’s producers are scrambling to replace Law as quickly as possible.  A new report has surfaced suggesting that they’re casting a pretty wide net to fill the role, as Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Jeff Bridges are among those being considered.  Hit the jump for more. 

jeff-bridges-jane-got-a-gunThe LA Times reports that O’Connor is looking to find someone with an international brand “who also looks good in a hat” to fill the film’s villain role, with Gyllenhaal, Maguire, and Bridges among those being considered.  The edge would seemingly be with Gyllenhaal or Maguire since they’re closer in age to Law and they’ve both worked with Portman before in Brothers, but Bridges could be a nice left field choice as well.  O’Connor can’t really afford to be super picky, though, as they need an actor who is available to show up to set ASAP and is willing to start filming with very little prep time.

There’s still no official word from Ramsay regarding the filmmaker’s abrupt exit, but the LA Times has a source that claims Ramsay actually terminated her involvement with the film on Saturday and not on Monday, the first day of filming, as was initially reported.  Another source adds that personal issues are to blame for Ramsay’s abrupt departure, and it’s beginning to look like things may not be as clear cut as they initially appeared.  I’m incredibly interested to see what Ramsay has to say about the matter, since thus far we’ve only heard one side of the story from spurned producer Scott Steindorff. 

Whatever the case, Jane Got a Gun is in a very precarious position and I sincerely hope things get back on track soon.  The pic has a Black List script by Brian Duffield and a solid cast/director, so here’s hoping a villain is cast soon and the production gets back on track.

  • Anonymous

    Jeff Bridges and his awesome voice and smirk, I wouldn’t feel threatened to the same level by Gyllenhaal or Maguire.

    • Linda

      Guess you didn’t see Jake G in that Time To Dance music video. He looked like some kind of Al Queda terrorist. Scarey looking.


    The character can’t be very imporatant if it can basically be played by any style of male actor.

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  • Son

    Gyllenhaal is filming “Prisoners” with Jackman right now. They were on set in Atlanta yesterday.

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  • Truth

    Wait, how does one go from waif-like Maguire and Gyllenhaal to a bad ass like Bridges??? They don’t belong on the same list!

  • Don Gately

    Steindorff is one of the shadiest characters in indie film financing right now. Three of the most respected talents currently working (or we can say 2.5, if you don’t really want to count Jude Law) have dropped out of this debacle, I can’t believe any of the actors mentioned here, or anyone with any career worth preserving, would get involved with this mess. In fact, I think it’s interesting that most of the people originally involved were European – Steindorff’s reputation at home is apparently to low to get any high-level native talent to work on his pictures.

    • Alan B

      What has Steindorff done to earn the label as “one of the shadiest characters in indie film financing right now”? Fassbender walked because (a) scheduling conflicts (b) conflicts with Ramsay (c) both. Nothing to do with Steindorff. The Law character is super boring (don’t want to go further to avoid spoilers), so it is pretty obvious that he said yes to work with Ramsay, not to play the character. And I guess Steindorff’s rep is so low with American talent that he was able to land Portman and O’Connor. Or is Steindorff ‘shady’ because you’re a fan of Ramsay?

      • Don Gately

        Steindorff is shady because he has a history of pushing projects into production before he has the funding he promised. Most of the money he brings in comes from shady circuits in Vegas. His behavior these past few days has been shamefully unprofessional: filmdrunk.com caught him having his assistant recruit people to post “positive” comments about him in the deadline forum. I also heard that Ms. Ramsay quit on Saturday and he sat on the information so as to blame it on her. If you believe that “schedule conflicts” or “butting heads with the director” had anything to do with Fassbender leaving then I’ve got a bridge to sell you. What kind of producer goes screaming to deadline when his project gets into trouble? All this press was clearly a preemptive move he made to avoid blame. Also, his 27-year-old daughter is not Lynne Ramsay’s manager. And yes, I happened to work with Ms. Ramsay once, and she was one of the most gracious, talented, professional people I’ve ever met, so I’m angry to see this scumbag attempting to smear her and harm her career in public.

      • Don Gately

        PS – nobody “landed” Portman. This has been her project from the start, but she couldn’t get any studios interested in it.

      • Alan B

        “I happened to work with Ms. Ramsay once”

        … and BINGO! This explains a lot about your post. Frankly, I don’t know what “this has been her project from the start” actually means. Was Portman developing the first draft with Brian Duffield or something? Did she buy the script?

        “I also heard that Ms. Ramsay quit on Saturday and he sat on the information so as to blame it on her.”

        Yeah, I read the same article, and saw that another source says she refused to respond to his calls, and now she’s hightailed it back to the U.K. So there are multiple sources that have different interpretations of what happened, so this narrative – she quit on Saturday – isn’t definitive.

        Yeah, and Fassbender actually DOES had a scheduling conflict with ‘X-Men’. Both will be shooting in April. The superhero film’s other lead James McAvoy has press commitments to other films in April, which meant that – if Fassbender had stayed with ‘Jane’ – ‘X-Men’ would have been without both its two leads for the first month of shooting. He COULDN’T play a major role in both films, as he cannot be in two different countries at the exact same time. So, you said something about a bridge?

  • Ivan

    Wait! So who is playing the husband? I thought the husband was the villain (which i thought was really estrange)

  • robert barry

    Either Ben Foster, Chris Pine, or Chris Hemsworth in this order. Foster was AMAZING in 3:10 to Yuma!!! Pine and Hemsworth fit the request of an international brand with Star Trek and Thor.

    • André

      Chris Hemsworth is already pairing with Portman in “Thor’ and “Thor: The Dark World” – in which she already plays a character named Jane. Tom Hiddleston would be a great choice for the role, but he cannot be cast for the same reason as Hemsworth.

  • mike

    JARED LETO!!!!! He would kill it and he has the international appeal and looks good in a hat!!!

  • bramm

    Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Colin Farrell, Joaquin Phoenix or Joseph Gordon-Levitt. YOUR WELCOME

    • André

      Gordon-Levitt, all the way.

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  • André

    Ewan McGregor, anyone?

  • Linda

    Guess you didn\’t see Jake G in that Time To Dance music video. He looked like some kind of Al Queda terrorist. Scarey looking.

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