For cinephiles, the behind-the-scenes drama on the revisionist western Jane Got a Gun will overshadow the film until at least the first trailer. Natalie Portman stars as a woman who must call on an ex-lover to help defend her farm and injured outlaw husband from the husband’s gang. Michael Fassbender was going to play the ex-lover and Joel Edgerton was to play the gang leader. Then Fassbender left because of a scheduling conflict, Edgerton moved to the ex-lover role, and Jude Law signed on to play the villain. Then matters got crazier when director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk about Kevin) unexpectedly dropped out on the first day of shooting, and the production scrambled for a replacement. They got Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), but then Law left because he wanted to work with Ramsay. Bradley Cooper came on to play the villain, then he left, and finally the production landed on Ewan McGregor.
It’s impressive that the production survived all of this hullaballoo, and The Wrap reports the movie will be released on August 29, 2014. The light competition is the horror film Jessabelle, and the thriller The Loft, which has been on the shelf for well over a year.