Casting: Michael Fassbender Out of Jane, 3 for Divergent, and David Strathairn in Godzilla

Michael Fassbender in Shame (2011) Movie Image

Looks like Michael Fassbender doesn’t feel like strapping on the cowboy boots and six-guns after all. The actor has officially left the cast of Natalie Portman’s “Jane Got a Gun”, in which he was supposed to play the male lead.

In the Lynne Ramsay-directed Western, Portman would play “a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive. When her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job, she is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm.”

Fassbender was supposed to play that ex-lover, but had to leave the film due to scheduling conflict with Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.

Instead of Fassbender, Joel Edgerton will step in as the male lead. Curiously, Edgerton was previously cast as the film’s villain, but will now play the hero instead. Funny how that works, huh?

Meanwhile, Jude Law will now play the villain.

“Jane Got a Gun” is expected to shoot in April.


Maggie Q. in NIKITA

In sci-fi news, Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz and Ansel Elgort have all joined the cast of Neil Burger’s upcoming movie “Divergent”, based on the series of young adult novels by Veronica Roth.

Divergent Book CoverShailene Woodley is scheduled to play the film’s lead, Tris, who in true Young Adult fashion, is a spunky teen who bucks the established society in which she lives in.

Q., who is in the third season of her asskicking show “Nikita”, will play Tori in the movie, “a tattooed owner of a tattoo parlor who is part of the choosing ceremony that divides people into factions”. She also helps out Woodley’s Tris.

Kravitz (“X-Men: First Class”) will join the cast as Christina, “a member of the Dauntless faction, which embodies bravery, and who becomes friends with Tris.”

Elgort, meanwhile, will play Caleb, Tris’ “twin brother who turns his back on his family, part of the Abnegation clan, to be part of the Erudite clan.”

Shooting is expected to commence in Chicago sometime this Spring.


David Strathairn in ALPHAS

And finally, looks like “Godzilla” has nabbed another actor whose role in the film is a total mystery. This time around it’s David Strathairn, late of the Syfy show “Alphas”, who has joined the cast.

And like everyone else in the monster film to be directed by Gareth Edwards, including Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston, there is no word what role Strathairn will play, though it’s apparently some kind of “military figure”.

I’m guessing military scientist. Ol Strathairn has that whole scientist look down.

“Godzilla” has been in development for a while now, and is already scheduled for 2014. Let’s see if it actually gets there.