A mere day after Lynne Ramsay decided she’d rather not direct Natalie Portman’s indie Western “Jane Got a Gun” after all (a decision she made as cast and crew were gathering at the film’s Sante Fe set for the first day of shooting, natch), the producers have found themselves a replacement in “Warrior” director Gavin O’Connor.
O’Connor, whose last film pitted Tom Hardy against Joel Edgerton (who happens to be playing the male lead in “Jane Got a Gun”), is currently said to be finalizing a deal to take over for the AWOL Ramsay, and should be at work pretty soon from the sounds of it.
This is good news for guys like me who love Westerns, especially Westerns with a decent budget. This won’t be a big-studio Hollywood Western, but there should be enough of a budget to make a potentially very good one. And the cast is definitely nothing to sneeze at, with Portman, Edgerton, and Jude Law playing the slimy bad guy.
Based on a script by Brian Duffield, “Jane Got a Gun” would star producer/star Natalie Portman as Jane, a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullets thanks to his old gang. In order to save her husband, herself, and her farm from the old gang, Jane turns to an ex-lover she hasn’t seen in a decade for help. Edgerton, who was actually supposed to play the outlaw leader (while Michael Fassbender was supposed to play the hero), will play said ex-lover.
Update: Scratch that. Jude Law just split, too. Apparently he signed on only to work with Ramsay, and with her no longer onboard, neither is he. It will be extremely interesting when we learn what went on behind-the-scenes that made Ramsay decide not to do the movie. Curiouser and curiouser…
Via : Deadline