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.