More bad news for the Western Jane Got a Gun. Yesterday we learned that the film’s director, We Need to Talk About Kevin’s Lynne Ramsay, had decided to drop out of the film by not showing up to set on the first day of filming. Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor was quickly brought in as a replacement, but now another exit is taking place as Jude Law is dropping out of the film as well. Law was to play the film’s antagonist, the outlaw husband of Natalie Portman’s Jane who squares off against his wife and her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton). Now Law has apparently left the film due to Ramsay’s exit. Hit the jump for more.
Law only recently signed on to star in Jane Got a Gun, as a casting switcheroo took place when Michael Fassbender dropped out of the pic due to scheduling issues with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Edgerton moved from the villain role to Fassbender’s ex-lover part, and Law signed on as the pic’s new antagonist. Per Deadline, Law has withdrawn “because he signed on to work with Ramsay.” We still don’t know the whole story behind the director’s abrupt exit, but it appears that Law may have been sympathetic to Ramsay’s reasoning. I’m incredibly interested to hear the former director’s side of this ordeal.
Production was set to get underway/resume this coming Thursday with O’Connor at the helm, but now producers will be scrambling to recast Law’s role. I hesitate to say we won’t be seeing anymore departures from the film given how unexpected these developments have been, but Edgerton worked with O’Connor before on Warrior so one assumes he won’t be dropping out of the project, and Portman is also serving as a producer on the pic so I imagine she’s intent on moving forward. Jane Got a Gun has the makings of a really promising film, so hopefully things can be smoothed out and the production can put all of these issues behind them. At least they got the drama out of the way early, eh?