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In the realm of worst case scenarios for a film production, it's hard to top having your director and co-star walk off the set just as shooting begins. That's exactly the situation that faced the upcoming western 'Jane Got a Gun.' The film, which stars Natalie Portman, was slated to be directed by Lynne Ramsay ('We Need to Talk About Kevin'). Ramsay however departed abruptly on the first day of principal photography. As if that weren't bad enough, Ramsay was shortly followed by Jude Law, who was supposed to play the film's antagonist. Luckily, Gavin O'Connor ('Warrior') has since stepped into the director's chair, and now it looks like a replacement villain has also been acquired. Bradley Cooper ('Silver Linings Playbook') will be filling in for Jude Law. The independent western is now back on track and two weeks into production.
I'm impressed with a lot of things here. Given that 'Jane Got a Gun' has no major studio behind it, it would have been so easy for the film to completely disintegrate when both its director and one of its principal actors exited. The fact that they've been able to keep this ship on course is nothing short of remarkable. I also think O'Connor is far from a director one would consider a desperate last-minute replacement. 'Warrior' was an outstanding film that brought moving family drama to the brutal world of mixed martial arts fighting. I was really bowled over by 'We Need to Talk About Kevin,' but I can't wait to see what O'Connor does with this. Similar situation with Cooper taking over for Law. A few years ago, I would have seen this as a tremendous step down. However, Cooper has demonstrated over the last few projects that he is an immensely talented actor capable of acclaim-worthy performances. I'm on board with these changes, how about you guys?
Do you think O'Connor is the right choice to fill in for Ramsay? How do you feel about Bradley Cooper coming aboard?