Bradley Cooper has entered negotiations for the villain role in the western Jane Got a Gun, Variety reported late Friday.
In the film, Natalie Portman plays a woman, whose husband is wounded by an outlaw gang. She enlists the help of an ex-lover when the bad guys come calling, but thus far any potential on-screen trouble has paled in comparison to what’s going on behind the scenes.
Recent developments have included the loss of two stars and a director along with some musical chairs casting.
In the beginning, Michael Fassbender had signed on to play the role of hero, while Joel Edgerton was cast as the villain. Fassbender backed out last month and Edgerton moved over to the hero role, while Jude Law stepped in as bad guy.
Then, Deadline reported on March 19 that director Lynne Ramsay baled on the production over creative differences, and with her departure, Law dropped out as well, stating he wanted to work with Ramsay as the reason.
Luckily for producer Scott Steindorff, director Gavin O’Connor, who previously worked with Edgerton on the MMA drama Warrior, agreed to take the project. But that doesn’t mean Steindorff isn’t sore.
The producer admitted that he had retained a litigator and that Ramsay could be facing legal action for her decision.
“I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast,” he said. “I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project, and then have the director not show up.”
Bradley Cooper should be a nice consolation prize for Steindorff as long as nothing else goes wrong, but at this stage of the game, nothing would surprise us.
Do you like today’s casting addition to Jane Got a Gun, or is this troubled western already too much of a train wreck?
Bradley Cooper can now be seen in The Place Beyond the Pines, and later this year, look for him in Serena and this: