Turmoil yet again from the set of Natalie Portman’s seemingly cursed Western project, Jane Got a Gun.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bradley Cooper has been forced to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts.
Currently, the actor is at work on American Hustle, David O. Russell’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.
The Boston-based production was postponed for a period following the Boston Marathon bombings, and sources say the new timeframe overlapped with what would have been the actor’s time on the set of Jane Got a Gun.
“Regretfully, due to date conflicts between the film I am currently shooting for David O’Russell and Jane Got a Gun, I am unable to join Natalie, Joel [Edgerton], Noah [Emmerich] and [director] Gavin [O’Connor] on this truly exciting project,” Cooper told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was really looking forward to being a part of it and hope to work with each and every one in the future.”
Cooper is the fourth principal to leave the film. Original lead Michael Fassbender left the production early this year, leading to Joel Edgerton—who had originally been cast as the film’s villain—to take his place. Jude Law was then cast as the new villain. In a controversial turn of events, however, director Lynne Ramsay departed on the eve of principal photography. Law, who had signed on to the project for the express purpose of working with Ramsay, signed off not long after. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor replaced Ramsay and Bradley Cooper was to replace Law.
Fortunately, O’Connor’s involvement in the project necessitated a shutdown period whereby he would be briefed on the ins and outs of the film. As such, Cooper’s departure will not affect shooting. Also, the actor had been scheduled to shoot in the latter half of the production process.
Reportedly, producers are reaching out for new actors. According to the article, a recent negotiation with Jake Gyllenhaal fell through.