After a couple of bumps in the road, indie western “Jane Got A Gun” looks to be back on track with Bradley Cooper in talks to join the cast.
Cooper would be replacing Jude Law, who fell out after learning that the film’s original director, Lynne Ramsay, dropped out of the project.
The pic stars Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton with Gavin O’Connor helming.
“Gun,” penned by Brian Duffield, follows a woman who asks an ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang which is out to kill him. Joel Edgerton plays the ex-lover while Cooper would play the leader of the gang.
Pic will mark the first film for Scott Steindorff’s Scott Pictures. Producers are Steindorff, Aleen Keshishian, Terry Dougas and Portman.
Several weeks ago, it seemed like the film was falling apart after Michael Fassbender also departed due to scheduling conflicts. Edgerton, who was originally cast as the leader of the gang, stepped into Fassbender’s role and Law was brought on to play the villain.
The pic seemed ready to roll when, on the day production was supposed to begin, Ramsay left the project due to creative differences and Law shortly followed. Producers were able to act fast and get O’Connor on board but the important role of the antagonist still needed to be filled.
The Cooper casting is not only important in getting production back on schedule but also helps keep the financing onboard. When Fassbender left the project, international investors began to worry that they had been sold a film with Fassbender as the male lead, not Edgerton.
Cooper is repped by CAA and is about to wrap production on David O. Russell’s untitled political thriller.

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