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.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Australian director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) Felony. Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition. Per the synopsis, “one is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it.”
Shortly before the premiere I sat down with Joel Edgerton for an extended video interview. He talked about the issues that Felony explores, his writing process, financing, what he collects, his upcoming directorial debut (it’s explores what it would be like to run into the person who you used to terrorized in school), and much more. In addition, he talked about playing Ramses in Ridley Scott‘s Exodus, how he was cast, shaving his head for the role, and the shooting locations. Finally, he talked about the difficult production of Jane Got a Gun and how they got the film back on track. Hit the jump to watch.
The forced theme of tonight’s casting report is One Word In The Title Causes Destruction:
- Ewan McGregor is in negotiations to play the villain in Jane Got a Gun, directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior). Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Noah Emmerich co-star.
- Benicio del Toro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice.
- Michael Bay cast Sophia Myles (Tristan + Isolde) in Transformers 4. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and Kelsey Grammer co-star.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Bradley Cooper, that handsome devil from those Hangover movies, is the latest casualty of Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun. Scheduling conflicts have forced the Oscar-nominated actor to turn tail only a month after he signed on to replace Jude Law as the film’s antagonist. A silver lining in this news is the fact that Cooper’s part wasn’t scheduled to start filming until June anyway, so the filmmakers have a bit of time to find yet another replacement.
The film centers on the estranged wife (Natalie Portman) of an outlaw (Noah Emmerich) who harbors the man after he gets shot and defects from his gang. While the bandits hunt him down with a mind to shoot up the family farm and put him in his grave, the wife leans on a former lover and gunfighter (Joel Edgerton) to help her stand up against the threat. Hit the jump to get this all sorted.
We’ve got casting news for every taste this evening. Here’s the latest:
- Noah Emmerich will be teaming up with Warrior director, Gavin O’Connor once again. This time for the production-troubled Western Jane Got a Gun.
- Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) is ready for another frontier round, as she joins the cast of Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman.
Hit the jump for more details on each casting.
Although the production of Jane Got a Gun got off on the wrong foot, the Western is now getting a shot in the arm with Oscar-nominated star Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) stepping in. Cooper would replace Jude Law who exited the picture soon after director Lynne Ramsay surprised everyone by not showing up on the film’s first day of production. Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) soon stepped in to helm the picture instead. If there’s as much drama and intrigue on the screen as behind the scenes, this is going to be one helluva film.
Jane Got a Gun also stars Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. Hit the jump for more.
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.
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.
Yesterday, we reported the surprising news that director Lynne Ramsey (We Need to Talk about Kevin) didn’t show up on the first day of shooting on her new movie, Jane Got a Gun. The film follows a woman (Natalie Portman) whose outlaw husband (Jude Law) returns home riddled with bullets. Convinced his gang will return to finish him off and destroy her farm, the woman turns to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) she hasn’t seen in a decade to help her defend the farm. The reports on Ramsey’s departure make it sound like she simply chose not to show up without any word to anyone. Personally, I think there’s more to the story. Not some massive conspiracy, but certainly something more than the talking point of “She was lazy and irresponsible.” Ramsey has yet to comment, and I’ll be interested to hear her side of the story.
In the meantime, the show must go on, and after a scramble to find a new director, Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) has stepped in according to Deadline. In terms of style, you couldn’t get further apart than O’Connor and Ramsey, but O’Connor has a respectable resume, and his latest project, FX’s The Americans, has been a success. Jane Got a Gun has a great premise and cast, so I’m glad the film hasn’t fallen apart, but the behind-the-scenes story may end up being even better.
A rather unfortunate situation has arisen on the promising drama Jane Got a Gun. The Western drama has a Black List script by Brian Duffield and an outstanding cast that includes Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Jude Law, and production was set to begin yesterday with We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay at the helm. However, it appears that Ramsay has decided to announce her dropping out of the project by simply not showing up to set on what was to be the first day of filming. Hit the jump for more on this supremely disappointing news.
The production of Jane Got a Gun, a Western led by Natalie Portman, has been delayed several times. It was finally scheduled to begin shooting next week, but a last-minute casting swap will push production back to April. Michael Fassbender was set to play the male lead, but his X-Men: Days of Future Past schedule creates a conflict that will pull him off the project. Normally, that would be terrible news, but director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) has a mighty fine backup plan. THR reports Joel Edgerton, who was looking to play the villain, will switch sides to assume Fassbender’s role. Jude Law will come on board to play the villain and round out the lead cast. If you can get two out of three with Fassbender, Edgerton, and Law, you win.
Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer), Aleen Keshishian (Our Idiot Brother), and Terry Dougas (The Box) are producing. The script by Brian Duffield follows good girl Jane (Portman), who runs away from her outlaw husband (Law) and teams up with on old flame (Edgerton) to protect her family. Read the full synopsis for Jane Got a Gun after the break.
Joel Edgerton (Warrior) is setting his sights west as he is in negotiations to join Jane Got a Gun, a Western directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin). Written by Brian Duffield, Jane Got a Gun centers on the titular good girl married to a very bad man who turns against his outlaw gang and gets a back full of bullets for his trouble. With the outlaws still out for revenge, Jane is forced to turn to an old flame in order to bring justice to the deadly gunslingers. Natalie Portman (Black Swan) is set to star in the lead with Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) playing the ex-lover. Edgerton is in negotiations to play the outlaw husband. Jane Got a Gun is set to begin production in February. Hit the jump for more.
Steve walked the floor at the American Film Market (AFM) early this morning and managed to bring back some detailed synopses for the following films:
Hit the jump to check out all the detailed synopses, which include production start dates.
Michael Fassbender is a very busy man, and he looks to be showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This summer he’s been filming a supporting role in Steve McQueen’s period pic Twelve Years a Slave and the lead in Ridley Scott’s star-studded drama The Counselor, he recently signed on to star in and co-produce a film iteration of Assassin’s Creed, and he’s developing a pic based on Celtic warrior Cuchulainn. Now it appears the Shame actor is looking to add Western to his varied resume, as reports have Fassbender looking at starring opposite Natalie Portman in the incredibly promising Western Jane Got a Gun. Hit the jump for more.
Shawn Levy (Real Steel) is one of the busiest guys in the business with about twenty-odd projects currently in different stages of development. Now he can add Monster Problems to his list. Paramount is in negotiations to pick up the spec script from Brian Duffield with Levy producing through his 21 Laps banner. Monster Problems has been described as a John Hughes take on a Mad Max story, meaning it’s a post-apocalyptic road movie with a love story at its heart. Hit the jump for more on Monster Problems, Levy and Duffield.