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THR brings word that Michael Fassbender, who was to have played the male lead in Lynne Ramsay’s revenge-driven western, ‘Jane Got a Gun’, has exited the movie, while Joel Edgerton, who was on board to play the villain, will step into the hero role. Jude Law, in the meantime, has signed on for the villain. The moves come a couple weeks before the start of shooting in New Mexico. Sources tell the outlet that the actor rotation came about due to Fassbender’s schedule conflict with his upcoming shoot for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ ‘Jane Got a Gun’ has been pushed back several times and now is scheduled to begin filming in April.

The film centers on Natalie Portman’s titular character, a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive, betrayed by criminal confederates that are hot on his heels. When her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job, she is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm. Joel Edgerton will now play the ex-lover while Jude Law will be the leader of the gang that lays siege to the homestead. Written by Brian Duffield, ‘Jane Got a Gun’ made the 2011 “Black List,” a compilation of the best unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Lynne Ramsay was the filmmaker responsible for the much-acclaimed adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel, ’We Need to Talk About Kevin,’ unquestionably one of my favourite films of 2011. The official synopsis for ‘Jane’s Got a Gun’ can be read below.

Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town.  When her husband Bill turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun.  As the relentless leader John Bishop gears up for revenge, Jane’s best hope for her family’s survival rests with her old love Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) – a gunslinger whose hatred for Bill is only slightly overshadowed by his love for Jane.  Together Jane and Dan spring clever traps, luring Bishop’s men to certain death just as their old feelings for each other resurface amidst the flying bullets.

With director Lynne Ramsay (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, MORVERN CALLAR) at the helm, the rich dimensions of these characters find their best ally with Jane out in front, taking her fate into her own hands with the kind of bravado legends are made of.