Jane Got a Gun, the upcoming western which stars Natalie Portman (Black Swan) as Jane Hammond, has experienced a sizable shift in the male actors department according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Michael Fassbender has been forced to vacate the hero role, due to a scheduling clash with X-Men: Days of Future Past. This means that Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior), who was originally cast as the villain, will now replace him as the hero, and Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) will take on the villain duties.
Here’s the scoop:
Michael Fassbender, who was to have played the male lead in the Natalie Portman-led Western, 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, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Edgerton will now play the ex-lover while Law will be the leader of the gang that lays siege to the homestead.
The moves come a couple weeks before the start of shooting in New Mexico. Sources say the actor rotation came about due to Fassbender’s schedule conflict with his upcoming shoot in Montreal for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Gun has been pushed back several times and now is scheduled to begin filming in April.
Here’s a brief synopsis for Jane Got a Gun:
Gun centers on a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive. 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.
The film is scheduled for a 2014 release.