It is difficult to consider which is more remarkable – Jane Got a Gun’s surreal string of 11th hour casting departures, or its ability to reel in A-list replacements.
After, deep breath here, Michael Fassbender (good guy) left the project, Joel Edgerton (bad guy) shuffled from heel to face, with Jude Law (previously unattached) donning a scowl to adopt Edgerton’s former role. This tested Lynne Ramsay’s (director) faith in the project, prompting her to ride away from the Western (presumably Eastwards) days before filming was set to commence, leaving producers Natalie Portman and Scott Steindorff with a directorial dilemma, solved by Warrior (2012) director, Gavin O’Connor. This, in turn, tested Law’s conviction in the film, who followed Ramsay and Fassbender out of the door, in a cause-and-effect chain of departures.
With a Jude Law shaped hole in the wall, fans wondering who would be drafted in to replace him have had their answer. In an impressive display of bounce-back-ability, Bradley Cooper has been recruited as the film’s antagonist. With Cooper coming into the project on the back of acclaimed performances in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), and the hotly-anticipated The Hangover Part III and Untitled David O. Russell Project set for release this year, Jane Got a Gun’s knack of leaping up with guns blazing after being knocked down continues.
What does the string of comings and goings suggest about this project? Does it raise questions about the production? And will the reunion of O’Connor and Edgerton create a chemistry which papers over any pre-production cracks?Leave your comments below.