Natalie Portman's 'Jane Got a Gun' Finds New Director After the Other One Just Doesn't Show Up

March 20, 2013


In a classic case of life imitating what the hold-up is at your local Arby's drive-thru, director Lynne Ramsay didn't show up for work yesterday, forcing her young boss to quickly find someone to replace her.

Production was scheduled to begin yesterday on Jane Got a Gun, the Natalie Portman-produced film she was set to star in under the direction of the We Need To Talk About Kevin helmer. Unfortunately, Ramsay apparently surprised everyone by never showing up to set, drawing the Western to a halt before it even got started. The director hasn't yet come forward to explain the situation, which assumedly goes deeper than not feeling like directing that day, but the production is nonetheless moving forward without her. Natalie Portman has already been fitted for a little cowboy hat, after all.

So, she and co-producer Scott Steindorff have quickly found a new director, and despite the rush, he's no slouch. Now the film is in the hands of Gavin O'Connor, reuniting the Warrior director with co-star Joel Edgerton. That actually marks the second big switch-up for the film, which was originally set to feature Michael Fassbender until he dropped out last week, bumping Edgerton up to the male lead and forcing Portman to call her Cold Mountain co-star Jude Law up to fill in. In other words, there might be a reason people don't want to be a part of this production. And maybe it's that Natalie Portman smells like old beer cans and soil. Until we hear otherwise, let's just say that.

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