If there’s one mess going around Hollywood right now, it’s the production of Jane Got A Gun, a project that had such a promising start with We Need To Talk About Kevin’s Lynne Ramsay set to direct and Natalie Portman slated to star and co-produce. Now, the project is bound to have a different final look, with a new director and now a new actor to play the villain – Bradley Cooper.
Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed late Friday that the Silver Linings Playbook actor will take the role once held by Jude Law.
Law left the project just after Ramsay left in March. Just a day later, producer Scott Steindorff pulled off a surprising coup, hiring Warrior director Gavin O’Connor.
Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) is still attached to play Portman’s character’s ex-lover. The Western’s plot centers on a woman whose husband is being chased by his old gang. She hires a former lover to help her defend the farm.
Cooper is currently working with his SLP director David O. Russell on a project based on the FBI ABSCAM investigation in the ‘70s. The Oscar nominee is currently starring in The Place Beyond the Pines and will next be seen in The Hangover III.
While this project sounded like it was in danger at one point, it looks like the producers have saved Jane Got A Gun by hiring Cooper, an international star who will guarantee an audience. Production is already underway in New Mexico.
Source: The Celebrity Cafe