Gavin O’Connor, who directed the Joel Edgerton-Tom Hardy fight movie Warrior, has stepped in as director on the troubled indie Western Jane Got a Gun.
Connor fills in the gallon hat left abruptly by Lynne Ramsay, the We Need to Talk About Kevin director whose clashes late last week with producer Scott Steindorff led to her quitting the project, leaving it without a helmer on the first day of shooting.
Producers Steindorff, Aleen Keshishian and Terry Dougas as well as star and producer Natalie Portman scrambled to find a director and keep the project alive. With O’Connor in the saddle, Jane -- which also stars Edgerton and Jude Law -- could begin filming on its New Mexico set as early as Thursday.
Jane has skirted disaster before. In late February and early March, the project lost Michael Fassbender, forcing a scramble to find a replacement for the actor. Several days of pre-production were lost, and financing was thrown up in the air, until the producers and Ramsey moved Edgerton into Fassbender’s role and brought in Law.
O’Connor gained favorable notices for co-writing and directing the crime thriller Pride and Glory, which starred Ed Nortonand Colin Farrell, then followed that up with 2011’s Warrior, which garnered Nick Nolte an Oscar nomination.
The filmmaker, who is known for being picky, last directed the pilot episode of Showtime’s spy drama The Americans.
He is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn.
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