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Poor Natalie Portman. Doesn't anyone want to cowboy it up with her in "Jane Got a Gun"? Producers are hoping Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire or Jeff Bridges might, now that both Jude Law and Michael Fassbender have walked out on her.
Even the picture's director, Lynne Ramsay, has ditched. Okay, for serious, it probably has zilch-nil-squat to do with the fact that Natalie Portman stars, but something's gone seriously awry to make yet another vital piece of the production take off.
As detailed by the Los Angeles Times, "Jane Got a Gun" — the script for which appeared on the 2011 Black List — started hemorrhaging Hollywooders a few weeks before production once Fassbender suddenly stepped away from the pic, leaving Portman and Joel Edgerton in the dust. It wasn't exactly a good thing for the movie, per se, but the "We Need to Talk About Kevin" director was able to wrangle in some new meat in the form of Jude Law, and production remained on schedule.
Only, on Monday when filming was slated to begin in New Mexico, director Ramsay was a no-call no-show whose sudden absence left Portman, Edgerton, 150 crewmembers and some horses standing around with no leader on site. Yikes! Then, perhaps thanks to Edgerton's involvement, "Warrior" director Gavin O'Connor was rushed in by producers on Wednesday to fill in for Ramsay, but while the helmer was mid-air, Jude Law decided it was his turn to walk. Domino effect much? Rumor has it, he came on as Fassbender's replacement to work with Lynne Ramsay in the first place, but still, talk about salt on wound.
Now, poor Gavin O'Connor has to find a new replacement for the replacement, and reportedly they're eyeing anyone famous enough who looks good in a Stetson, namely Gyllenhaal, Maguire and Bridges. Whomever they choose will presumably portray the villain of the film, who puts a bunch of bullets in Portman's husband and thusly sends her into the arms of an ex-flame for protection — as that was Edgerton's original spot until Fassbender vacated the ex-lover role, Edgerton slipped into it and Jude Law came along to play said bad guy.
Money guy Scott Steindorff has lawyered up regarding any potential contract disputes with Ramsay but intends to plow through this duststorm. "I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast," he said.
Truly sounds like the Wild, Wild West right about now.