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Busy rising star Boyd Holbrook has booked a pair of upcoming roles, according to The Wrap. The Kentucky-born model turned actor has joined troubled Western “Jane Got a Gun” opposite Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, as well as indie drama “Little Accidents” in which he’ll play the lead role opposite Elizabeth Banks.
Holbrook will shoot the already filming “Jane” first for director Gavin O’Connor. After a serious case of cast and crew musical chairs, lensing is now underway in New Mexico on the tale of a woman (Portman) who must defend her home after a violent gang of outlaws (led by McGregor) pursues her injured husband. She turns to an ex-lover (Edgerton) for help. Holbrook will play McGregor’s younger brother, presumably another member of his gang.
In “Little Accidents”, Holbrook will play a young coal miner who survives a tragic accident that killed all 12 other miners. Banks will play a woman whose son went missing in the accident and turns to Holbrook’s character for comfort. The Wrap also notes the role may have personal poinancy for Holbrook whose father was a coal miner. Sara Colangelo wrote and will direct “Little Accidents”, adapted from her own Sundance award-winning short film.
Holbook is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, with roles in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi actioner “The Host” starring Saoirse Ronan, Naomi Foner’s Sundance premiere “Very Good Girls” opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning, Scott Cooper’s revenge thriller “Out of the Furnace” with Christian Bale and Terrence Malick’s untitled Texas-set romantic drama opposite Portman and Michael Fassbender on the docket this year.
To say “Jane Got a Gun” is something of a troubled production is likely to be the understatement of the year, and its troubles just won’t seem to end. After Bradley Cooper appeared to save the day by committing to play the villain role in the film, now he’s out again, according to Deadline.
Natalie Portman stars in the film, which is now being directed by Gavin O’Connor, as a woman who must defend her home when her outlaw husband returns injured and with a pursuing gang in tow, forcing her to turn to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help. Cooper was to play the leader of the pursuing gang, but now filmmakers are desperately searching for yet another replacement, with Deadline further reporting Jake Gyllenhall, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston are amongst the actors they’re talking to. At least they have until June, which is when the supporting villainous role will need to be on set to begin filming.
Gordon-Levitt and Hiddleston both seem rather busy with other projects so it’s unclear if any of this will work out. Gordon-Levitt’s got his directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction” rolling out this summer, while Hiddleston will be heading off to Cannes to premiere “Only Lovers Left Alive” and is set to star opposite Hayley Atwell in Robert Capa biopic “Close Enough.” Still, if Cooper could almost manage to do “Jane” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and Cameron Crowe’s next feature all around the same time, there’s hope.
After a shaky start, production on western “Jane Got a Gun” appears to finally be getting back on track with the final piece of the missing puzzle now in place. Deadline reports Bradley Cooper has filled the villain role in the film which was vacated by Jude Law after he exited the project along with director Lynn Ramsay.
Natalie Portman stars in the film, which will now be directed by Gavin O’Connor, as a woman who must defend her home when her outlaw husband returns injured and with a pursuing gang in tow. She turns to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help. Michael Fassbender had originally been set for Edgerton’s role, with Edgerton in place for the villain role, but in the first of many rounds of musical chairs on this film, Fassbender exited and Edgerton got “promoted” to the bigger part, vacating his original role as the leader of the gang for Law, and then for Cooper. Still with me?
I’m not sure how the scheduling on this worked out for Cooper, as “Jane” is two weeks into filming and Cooper has been in Boston for about the same amount of time shooting David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam thriller with Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The fact that he’s supporting rather than lead in both films probably helped. He’s coming off his first Oscar nomination in “Silver Linings Playbook”, another Russell film, and has attached himself to a plethora of in development upcoming projects. He can currently be seen opposite Ryan Gosling in “The Place Beyond the Pines” and will next reprise his role in “The Hangover Part III”, and then opposite “Silver Linings” co-star Jennifer Lawrence in “Serena.”
Director Gavin O’connor’s Warrior, starring Tom Hardy (Inception), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Nick Nolte, and Jennifer Morrison, hits theaters on Sept. 9.
Warrior synopsis: “An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father.
But when Brendan’s unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.”
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton get equal face time in the first posters from “Warrior”, posted by co-star Jennifer Morrison on her Facebook page early this morning.
In the Gavin O’Connor directed drama with hardly subtle similarities to “The Fighter”, Hardy plays Tom Conlon, the youngest son of a troubled family and an ex-marine, who returns home and enlists the help of his father, an alcoholic ex-boxer, to help him train for a Mixed Martial Arts fight with the largest prize money in the history of the sport. As his star in the ring begins to rise rapidly, his older brother Brendon, an ex-MMA fighter himself and estranged from the rest of his family, begins to prepare to step back into the ring himself when getting a real job proves too difficult a task. Needless to say, the brothers end up on a collision course that sets the two up to face off in the championship round.
Morrison plays Edgerton’s wife, while Nick Nolte is on board as the drunken patriarch of the family. “Warrior” releases in theaters on September 9, 2011.
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