‘Jane Got a Gun’ Drama Continues: Bradley Cooper Out, Possible Replacements Named

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Bradley Cooper Joins Jane Got a Gun Jane Got a Gun Drama Continues: Bradley Cooper Out, Possible Replacements Named

It’s difficult not to root for Jane Got a Gun, the independent Western being produced by and starring Natalie Portman, which has been absolutely plagued by problems in the months leading up to – and following – the scheduled start of filming. A major casting change took place shortly before the film went into production, when Michael Fassbender walked away from his role as Jane’s ex-lover, leaving Joel Edgerton to switch parts in order to take his place, with Jude Law eventually being cast in the role formerly occupied by Edgerton.

The real drama began when director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) failed to show up for filming and left Jane Got a Gun with a fully assembled cast and crew, but with no one at the helm. Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) was speedily brought on as a replacement, but by that time Jude Law had followed Ramsay off the project and Jane Got a Gun no longer had a villain.

Things seemed to be on track for a little while when A-list star Bradley Cooper signed up for the part most recently occupied by Law. Now, however, Deadline reports that Cooper, who was the third actor to be cast in the role of villain John Bishop, has also dropped out of the film and left the producers once more scrambling to find a replacement for one of their leads. Cooper has stated that he was very much looking forward to working on Jane Got a Gun, but scheduling conflicts with David O. Russell’s new film American Hustle – possibly caused by the delays in filming that occurred as a result of the Boston bombings – meant that he couldn’t commit to both films. Cooper is also currently engaged with promoting The Hangover Part III, which is another drain on his time.

Joseph Gordon Levitt Tobey Maguire and Tom Hiddleston sought after for Jane Got a Gun Jane Got a Gun Drama Continues: Bradley Cooper Out, Possible Replacements Named

Just as last time, the filmmakers have disclosed a wishlist of actors to replace Cooper, including earlier target Tobey Maguire and new hoped-for stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston. Out of those, Gordon-Levitt would probably be the best choice; Maguire just isn’t a good fit for a villain role (as his stint as “Bad Peter Parker” in Spiderman 3 demonstrated), and while Hiddleston has received much acclaim for his portrayal of Loki in Thor and The Avengers, Gordon-Levitt is arguably the better casting fit for a rugged Old West bandit. Even more so if they reinstall his Bruce Willis face prosthetics from Looper.

For a mainstream studio film these problems would be bad enough, but Jane Got a Gun is an independent production with a limited budget, which has no doubt already lost thousands of dollars to the delays and setbacks. There’s still enough talent attached to keep the movie going strong – and potentially to draw extra backing from financiers – but if the producers can’t collect together a primary cast and keep them tethered to the film, then the ramifications could start to get serious. Portman might even have to join in with the current trend of resorting to a Kickstarter campaign.

Clap your hands if you believe in Jane Got a Gun, and this film just might get back on track without too much further hassle.


Source: Deadline (via The Playlist)

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  1. As Bruce Banner would say, “Well, this all seems horrible”.

  2. Just let it die already, for God’s sake…

  3. WTF is this movie about that no one wants to finish filming it.

  4. they need to make a documentary just about all the crap they’ve endured thus far. It might end up being more interesting than the finished film!

    • +1
      I’d see that in a minute.

      • yes

  5. Well at least he left of good terms. His scedule couldn’t allow him to do it. So bummer for the film but JGL is a great actor. Hopefully they pick him up.

    Is it wrong the only reason so far I wanna see this is because of the issues it had.

  6. Just cast The Rock!

  7. At this point I’m waiting to read a headline that says “Jane Got A Gun To Be Post-Converted Into 3-D”…
    With all the money lost the producers have to make it back somehow.

  8. I clapped my hands. I hope JGL is available.

  9. I think Tobey has a lot of potential to be a villain. SM3 is not a good example of what he is capable of, I’d go more towards his hostility in “Brothers” which even made me tense when I saw the previews

    • I was thinking the same.

    • I was thinking the same thing. He did really well in Brothers

    • Agreed. The Spidey 3 character was purposefully cheesy and ridiculous, which I liked btw.

    • Agreed. The Spidey 3 ‘bad’ character was purposefully cheesy and ridiculous, which I liked btw.

      • Agreed.

        I’m one of the few people who really enjoyed “Spider-Man 3″ as good entertainment. Not an outstanding movie by any means, but great entertainment.

        The whole “bad Peter Parker” thing, with the dancing and tough-guy attitude, was supposed to make you groan and laugh. Why? Because this is still Peter Parker. The guy dwells in socially awkward situations. Give him a load of arrogance with some confidence and thats exactly what you would get.

        • I didn’t mind spiderman 3. sure it wasn’t the best but it could have been better (coming from someone who never readthe comics). I was hoping for a way better fight scene at the end but its ok with what I got

  10. Nicolas Cage and Liam Neeson are both waiting for phone calls…

  11. So the only constant in this film is Natalie Portman?

  12. She should cast me. I know I wouldn’t leave.

    • At the rate they’re burning through cast & crew, they might take your résumé. :)

      • Ha! That would be awesome. I wouldn’t even sign on for much.

  13. Let Tarantino direct it, and may be this time he can make a good western (django is overrated and is NOT an spaghetti western) and is unfair to say that Tobey Maguire can’t make a good villain just because spiderman 3, don’t do that, he is a good actor and I’m sure the emo peter wasn’t his fault

  14. This role calls for a real man (not a light-weight romantic comedy type), an actor who can project a convincingly real ‘bad’ macho man, seasoned, treacherous, sociopathic in a physical way. I nominate Michael Madsen.