gavin oconnor Warrior Director Gavin OConnor Takes Over Jane Got A Gun; Jude Law Departs

Well, that was quick! Following yesterday’s surprising news that Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar) abruptly exited ’Jane Got a Gun,’ Deadline today brings word Gavin O’Connor, the writer/director of ‘Warrior,’ will helm the film.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more about the circumstances around Ramsay’s departure soon. While we heard from the film’s producer Scott Steindorff in yesterday’s article, there’s still no word from Ramsay or her camp. Just last week it was announced that Michael Fassbender, who was to have played the male lead in the revenge-driven western, exited the movie, while Joel Edgerton, who was on board to play the villain, stepped into Fassbender’s hero role. Jude Law, in the meantime, has signed on for the villain. It was reported 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’ 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 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. The official synopsis for ‘Jane’s Got a Gun’ can be read below. UPDATE: Deadline reveal that Jude Law has withdrawn from the film.

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.