Director Neill Blomkamp and actor Sharlto Copley are going for the sci-fi hat trick. The duo that brought us District 9 and the upcoming Elysium will reunite for Blomkamp’s next film, Chappie. Copley will play the title character, though details on the plot of the film – which Blomkamp describes as a “science-fiction comedy” in “an unusual setting” – are still under wraps. Copley made a big splash in his feature film debut in District 9, and Elysium - also starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster - opens this August. Copley is also part of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Europa Report and Disney’s Malificent. [EW]
Some movies can’t catch a break.
The Natalie Portman-starring Western Jane Got a Gun has seemingly been cursed from day one. First, director Lynne Ramsay inexplicably dropped out of the film on the first day of production. Then Jude Law bowed out as the film’s villain because he had signed on just to work with Ramsay.
But now, events completely separate from the production have forced Cooper to bow out as well.
Cooper has been filming David O. Russell‘s next film, American Hustle, for the past few weeks, but when the bombings in Boston delayed that film’s production schedule, a conflict arose. Now Cooper will be unable to shoot Jane Got a Gun because of his commitment to Russell’s Hustle.
Is it time to finally throw in the towel? With major miracles having happened already for the independent production, maybe it can happen again. Apparently, Portman and the film’s other producers are back to looking at a shortlist of actors who could take the role. Among the contenders: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston.
Whoever is chosen would play the leader of a roughneck gang who comes to kill the estranged husband (Noah Emmerich) of Portman’s title character. Jane turns to a former lover (Joel Edgerton) to help protect herself and her farm.
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Anne Hathaway is getting set to star alongside Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming super-secret sci-fi epic, Interstellar. Nolan is known for working with the same actors – though his desire to have McConaughey in the lead came as a surprise – and, of course, Hathaway, now an Oscar winner for Les Misérables, portrayed Catwoman in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Who knows which other Nolan regulars may crop up in this one? [Deadline]
In the wake of having to find an emergency replacement director in Gavin O’Connor, star Natalie Portman and the other producers of independent film Jane Got a Gun were thrown another blow when Jude Law backed out of the film’s villain role. Now, they’ve pulled off another miracle, having gotten Bradley Cooper to replace Law.
Yesterday, the independently financed, Natalie Portman-starring Jane Got a Gun got ready to start principal photography… until director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) pulled a shocking no-show and left 150 cast and crew stranded with no way to shoot.
In the aftermath, producer and financier Scott Steindorff was determined to find a new director and keep the film from falling apart. He appears to have pulled off a minor miracle, coming close to closing a deal with Warrior director Gavin O’Connor.
Ramsay’s abrupt departure yesterday sent a few shock waves through Hollywood; no one can recall a director ever backing out of a project on such short notice. “I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast,” said Steindorff yesterday. “I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project, and then have the director not show up. It is insane somebody would do this to other people. I feel more for the crew and their families, but we are keeping the show going on, directors are flying in, and a replacement is imminent.”
It’s pretty amazing that Steindorff has found a replacement director as accomplished as O’Connor on such short notice.
Jane Got a Gun stars Natalie Portman (also a producer) as the title character, a woman who must turn to a former lover to help her protect her farm after her outlaw husband’s gang turns on him. The movie is also set to star Jude Law, Joel Edgerton and Rodrigo Santoro.