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'Star Wars' Reunion: Ewan McGregor Saddles Up For 'Jane Got A Gun' With Natalie Portman

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 6, 2013 10:30 PM
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Well, despite whatever upheaval is going on casting wise, perhaps Joel Edgerton wasn't kidding when he said everything was "wonderful" on the set of "Jane Got A Gun." Thus far, the villain role has been toughest to slot with Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper all coming and going as the movie has been rocked by director changes and cast defections; but perhaps this one will stick? At any rate, it will give "Star Wars" fans the reunion between Obi Wan-Kenobi and Queen Amidala they've been waiting for.

That's right, Ewan McGregor is busting out the spurs to take on the bad guy role in the Natalie Portman starring and produced western. It's a reteam of the "Star Wars" prequel stars and my God they were once so young... Here's a refresher: The film will follow Jane Hammond (Portman), a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane decides to grab a gun and take matters into her own hands. As the relentless leader John Bishop (McGregor) gears up for revenge, Jane’s best hope for her family’s survival rests with her old love Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) – a gunslinger whose hatred for Bill is only slightly overshadowed by his love for Jane.

We have to say, it's a pretty great casting replacement and stepping back for a second -- a western starring Portman, McGregor and Edgerton? Hard to argue with that. Yes, we can always dream about what Lynne Ramsay could've done with the material, but Gavin O'Connor is no slouch so perhaps everyone involved can make some good lemonade out of the last couple months of lemons. And with Ramsay headed to Cannes as part of Steven Spielberg's jury, we presume we'll hear her side of the saga soon enough.

Production is underway in New Mexico and barring any other disruptions, this is the final shape the movie will be in. Knock wood. [Deadline]

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  • Alan B | May 7, 2013 11:37 AMReply

    Let's make this clear: Portman and Fassbender were originally cast as the romantic leads, with Edgerton as the villain. Then Fassbender left. Edgerton was recast as the love interest, with Jude Law replacing Edgerton as the villain. Ramsay left, and so did Law. Noah Emmerich was cast as Portman's husband. Law was then replaced by Cooper. Then Cooper left, and has been replaced by McGregor.

  • Alex | May 7, 2013 11:29 AMReply

    This is almost as upsetting as finding out that Natalie somehow got her greasy paws on the role of lady Macbeth.

  • Jerry from accounting | May 7, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    As fun as the movie may turn out to be, I just can't help but to think how much better Ramsey's version would have been.
    P.S. wasn't Fassbender Frost instead of Bishop?

  • Anne | May 7, 2013 12:53 AMReply

    I love Ewan, but I have to admit that I've learned to temper my excitement about any casting news for this movie because of the number of people who have signed on only to later bow out. Until I see photos of him on set in costume, I'm not holding my breath.

  • KT | May 6, 2013 11:11 PMReply

    My interest plummets.

  • Oogle monster | May 6, 2013 11:10 PMReply

    This is much better casting than Bradley Cooper.

  • BEF | May 7, 2013 12:41 PM

    And much better than their desired shortlist -- Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire as villains? I actually think Cooper would've been interesting as he's in an All American Boy stage of his career, but ... I very much like McGregor more than Maguire. Gyllenhaal is fine, but I like this casting. Maguire is too soft spoken to make anyone tremble.

  • JAC | May 6, 2013 10:43 PMReply

    Joel Edgerton was also in Star Wars.

  • 5656 | May 7, 2013 12:56 AM


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