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'Jane Got a Gun' gets February release date

After three casting changes, two directors, and one lawsuit, Jane Got a Gun is finally making it to theaters. Relatively has announced a Feb. 20, 2015 release date for the Western, starring Natalie Portman.

Portman plays Jane, a woman who is forced to ask her ex-fiance (Joel Edgerton) for aid after an outlaw gang led by Colin (Ewan McGregor) torments her new husband (Noah Emmerich).

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Lynne Ramsay denies receiving 'Jane Got a Gun' lawsuit

Last week, word broke that the producers of Jane Got a Gun — the troubled Western that stars Natalie Portman as a vengeful gunslinger — were suing the project’s original director, Lynne Ramsay, for breach of contract. The suit alleges that Ramsay accepted $500,000 of her $800,000 salary before she failed to show up for the film’s first day of production; additionally, it claims, Ramsay “was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew, and was generally disruptive.”

Now Ramsay has fired back, denying both the allegations made in the suit and the fact that she’s received the suit in the first place. “Lynne Ramsay has not been served with this lawsuit and, when she is, she will respond in court and not in the media,” a rep for the director said in a statement released Saturday and obtained by EW. “That said, the allegations as recently reported are simply false. Lynne looks forward to presenting the truth about this situation in the proper forum.”

After several false starts and a revolving door of big-name actors — Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper each signed on for and subsequently dropped out of a role that eventually went to Ewan McGregor — Jane Got a Gun finally began shooting in New Mexico last spring. Ramsay left the film in March; she was replaced by Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor.

'Jane Got a Gun' lawsuit accuses Lynne Ramsay of being under the influence, careless with weapons

Lynne Ramsay parted ways with Jane Got a Gun the day she was supposed to begin directing the star-studded Western with Natalie Portman. The troubled production endured last-minute cast shuffling and director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) stepped in at the last moment to rescue to project, but producers haven’t forgiven Ramsay so easily. They sued the We Need to Talk About Kevin director on Monday for breach of contract, claiming she had agreed to rewrite the script and direct the film for about $800,000 — $500,000 of which she had accepted before not showing up on the film’s first day of production.

Not only did she fail to deliver on her agreement, the suit claims, but Ramsay “was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew, and was generally disruptive,” as well as dangerous, “[failing] to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking the proper precautions.”

The lawsuit, first reported by KRQE-CBS in Albuquerque, was filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, the state in which the movie was filmed earlier this year. In addition to Ramsay’s last-minute departure, Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper all jetted the project before Ewan McGregor came aboard to join Portman and Joel Edgerton.

Ramsay’s agent did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

Bradley Cooper drops out of 'Jane Got a Gun'

And another one bites the dust. EW has confirmed that Bradley Cooper is the latest big name to exit Jane Got a Gun, a western starring Natalie Portman in its title role. Cooper was set to play an outlaw who swears revenge against a rival gunslinger (Noah Emmerich) — a part he inherited after two successive leading men dropped out of the film.

Originally, Portman was to star opposite Michael Fassbender — but Fassbender abruptly left the project in early March. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his exit was motivated by scheduling conflicts; several delays had pushed back Jane‘s production start date, and Fassbender needed to be free to film X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently in production.

Fassbender was replaced by Jude Law, and Jane was scheduled to finally begin shooting on March 18. But original director Lynne Ramsay failed to show up for the first day of filming, indicating that she had quit the production — and prompting Law to exit the film as well.

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Casting Net: Jada Pinkett Smith to star in bilingual pic; Plus, Hailee Steinfeld, more

• Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in and co-produce a new drama for Overbrook Entertainment — the production company that she started with Will Smith. Entitled La Escribana de Uraba, the film tells the story of a journalist reporting on the murder of an employee of a multinational corporation and will shoot in Colombia this fall. Smith has not been on screen all that much lately, but is producing both After Earth and Will Smith’s directorial debut, The Legend of Cain.  [Variety]

• We noted the negotiations last week, but it looks like Brad Pitt is officially staring in the WWII drama Furywhich was just acquired by Sony Pictures. David Ayer (End of Watch, The Fast and the Furious) will direct. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain for 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Bradley Cooper to replace Jude Law in Natalie Portman pic, more

• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]

• The trouble-plagued production for Jane Got a Gun may have finally gotten some good news. It looks like Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is set to take over for Jude Law, who left the project late last month, as did director Lynne Ramsay. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor has since taken over, and they’ve continued shooting what they can with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Drew Barrymore to reunite with Adam Sandler; Plus, Emma Watson will not be the next Cinderella, Jude Law, more

• Drew Barrymore is set to re-team with Adam Sandler for a new comedy about Jim and Lauren, who go on a blind date and then somehow get stuck at a resort with children from previous marriages. The two starred together in 1998’s delightful Wedding Singer and 2004’s could-have-been-worse 50 First Dates. Despite Sandler’s recent slate of films, Barrymore does have a solid track record of bringing some heart to his comedies, so we’ll remain cautiously optimistic about the still-untitled project. Frequent Sandler collaborator Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) will direct. [Variety]

• Lynne Ramsay’s Jane Got a Gun had some major casting shifts Tuesday. The highly anticipated Western stars Natalie Portman as Jane Hammond, who has no choice but to ask an ex-lover to help defend her farm from the gang out to kill her husband. Originally, Michael Fassbender was set to play Hammond’s ex, with Joel Edgerton as the villain. The latest news is that Fassbender has left the project, Edgerton will now play the ex-lover, and Jude Law (who starred with Portman in Closer) has stepped into the villain role. The X-Men: Days of Future Past shooting schedule is reportedly why Fassbender had to exit the project, but if you were really hoping to seeing him and Portman share the screen, you still have that Terrence Malick project to look forward to…assuming neither of them end up on the cutting room floor. [THR]

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Casting Net: Charlize Theron may join Gillian Flynn adaptation; Plus Colin Farrell, Lily Collins, Rodrigo Santoro, and more

Last time we checked on the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Dark Places, Amy Adams was in talks to star, but the latest news is that Adams has fallen out and Charlize Theron is interested in the role. Flynn said of Adams last June that she “couldn’t dream of someone more fantastic.” Even though we had been looking forward to seeing Adams in the adaptation, Charlize seems like a perfect alternate for the character of Libby Day. [Deadline]

• Colin Farrell is in talks to join Anthony Hopkins in the supernatural thriller Solace, about an FBI agent who enlists the help of a retired doctor to help him solve a series of murders. Farrell will not, however, be playing the agent — he’ll be the serial killer. Brazilian filmmaker Alfonso Poyart  (2 Rabbits) is set to direct the project.   [Deadline]

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