Bradley Cooper has become the latest actor to exit the troubled Western Jane Got a Gun.
The film, which stars Natalie Portman, has lost one director, Lynne Ramsey, and three leading men. Michael Fassbender and Jude Law each dropped out in recent months.
Fassbender was the first to decamp, followed by Ramsey, who left the project in dramatic fashion on the eve of production. Producer Scott Steindorff then enlisted Gavin O'Connor (Miracle) to step in at the eleventh hour to helm. Law quit shortly after Ramsey exited.
Cooper was set to play the leader of a gang that comes to kill the husband (played by Noah Emmerich) of Portman's character. Joel Edgerton also co-stars.
Cooper's exit hasn't affected the shoot yet because right now it's in a planned shut-down phase. It's something they set up when O'Connor took over – he couldn't take on the project cold so even as they began shooting immediately, they restructured the schedule, putting in this timeframe which would allow them to breath and catch up. Cooper's part was always scheduled to shoot in the latter half.
It is unclear why Cooper left, although the actor has his own busy schedule to worry about. He is currently starring in David O. Russell's American Hustle, which was delayed due to the Boston Marathon bombings. On top of that, he has press commitments for The Hangover III.
Sources say the production went out to Jake Gyllenhaal but that did not pan out.
But it is another hurdle in the ongoing saga of the making of this indie Western. As one put it, "The script about the making of Jane Got a Gun could be more interesting than the movie itself."
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