I don't believe in curses, but if I did I'd be inclined to believe Jane Got a Gun
was suffering from one. Bradley Cooper
has just dropped out of the notoriously troubled Western, making him the third actor to do so in just two months. Joel Edgerton
, Natalie Portman
, and Noah Emmerich
remain on board.
Producers are now scrambling to find a replacement, and are reportedly eyeing Jake Gyllenhaal
, Tobey Maguire
, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
, and Tom Hiddleston
as possibilities. Hit the jump for more details.
Cooper had been brought on just one one month ago to replace Jude Law
- who'd taken over for Edgerton when he switched roles after Michael Fassbender
departed. If that's too confusing to process, the main point is that this film has had trouble holding on to its actors. It's also had issues with behind-the-camera talent. Original director Lynne Ramsay
suddenly bailed the day the film was scheduled to shoot, based on circumstances that are still less than clear, and Gavin O'Connor
was quickly signed on to take the helm.
According to a statement
issued by Cooper, he was forced to leave due to scheduling conflicts. Sometimes that just turns out to be a polite excuse, but in this case it makes a lot of sense. Cooper's most recent project, David O. Russell
's American Hustle
got pushed back a bit when the Boston Marathon attack shut down the city, and he's due to start doing press for The Hangover Part III
in the next couple of weeks.
Fortunately for producers, they have a bit of time to fill the role. (Not much
time, mind you, but more time than they had to find someone to take Ramsay's discarded gig.) Cooper wasn't slated to shoot scenes until June, so his exit shouldn't delay things too much. Potential replacements Gyllenhaal and Maguire were actually mentioned as potential leads several weeks ago, after Law left and before Cooper joined.
Cooper was set to play the villain of the piece, a gang leader who shoots one of his members and leaves him for dead. When that victim, played by Emmerich, returns home to his wife (Portman), she reaches out to an ex (Edgerton) for help defending her farm.
Noah Emmerich Rounds Out 'Jane Got a Gun' CastBradley Cooper Replaces Jude Law
in 'Jane Got a Gun'Following Lynne Ramsay
's Departure, Jude Law
Exits 'Jane Got a Gun''Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor Steps in to Direct 'Jane Got a Gun'Jude Law
Replaces Joel Edgerton
, Edgerton Replaces Michael Fassbender
in Lynne Ramsay
's 'Jane Got a Gun'Tobey Maguire
, Jake Gyllenhaal