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Casting Net: Edgar Ramirez in final talks for David O. Russell's 'Joy'

• Edgar Ramirez is in final talks for JoyDavid O. Russell is directing the biopic, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. The film is based on the true story of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), the inventor/entrepreneur behind the Miracle Mop. De Niro will play Mangano’s father, with Ramirez as her then husband, Tony. Annie Mumolo wrote the script for the film. [THR]

• Natalie Portman has left discussions for the female lead in Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs. Danny Boyle is directing the film. Aaron Sorkin adapted Walter Isaacson‘s biography for the screen. It stars Michael Fassbender as the titular character with Seth Rogen as Steven Wozniak. No reason was given as to why Portman passed, but other actresses are currently meeting for the part. [Variety]

 Fast & Furious 6‘s Gina Carano has signed on for the Kickboxer remake. The cast also includes Dave Bautista, Alain Moussi, Georges St. Pierre, Sara Malakul Lane, and original star Jean-Claude Van Damme. The story follows Kurt Sloane (Moussi), a man who travels to Thailand and learns to kickbox in order to take on his brother’s killer, Tong Po (Bautista). Carano takes the role of a fight promoter. [THR]

'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).

McGregor replaces Bradley Cooper, who stepped in for Jude Law as the bad guy. READ FULL STORY

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.


Casting Net: Daniel Radcliffe to play American reporter in 'Tokyo Vice'; Plus Reese Witherspoon, more

• In case you chose to forget about Equus and Kill Your Darlings, we’re just here to remind you that Daniel Radcliffe is really never going back to his Harry Potter days. He’s just lined up a new project: an adaptation of Jake Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice, a non-fiction account of Adelstein’s work as an American crime journalist in Japan. Music video director Anthony Mandler (Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds”) will helm the feature, and playwright J.T. Rogers will write the script. [Deadline]


Thor and Loki team up in the first trailer for 'Thor: The Dark World' -- VIDEO

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston are back as Thor, Jane Foster, and Loki in the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World.

The sequel picks up after the events of The Avengers with Thor (Hemsworth) having returned home to Asgard. The stakes are set up nicely in a voiceover from Odin (Anthony Hopkins). “Some believe that before the universe there was nothing. They’re wrong,” he warns. “There was darkness, and it has survived.”

After an old threat from an ancient race, led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), returns, Thor turns to his enemy brother Loki (Hiddleston) for help defending the Nine Realms.

Alan Taylor, best known for his work on Game of Thrones, takes the reigns as director for the sequel from Kenneth Branaugh, whose own next turn behind the camera comes with December’s franchise reboot Jack Ryan, starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley.

Thor: The Dark World hammers its way into theaters on Nov. 8. Check out the first trailer below.


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]


Jude Law exits 'Jane Got A Gun'

Jude Law has exited the new movie Jane Got A Gun, EW has confirmed. 

Problems arose on Monday, which was supposed to be the first day of shooting for the indie drama. Director Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin) didn’t show up and apparently has quit the production, according to a Deadline report. The site also says that star Natalie Portman, who is co-producing the picture, and the rest of the team quickly were able to get Gavin O’Connor to step in as director as of this morning, but as evidenced by Law’s departure, problems are still ongoing.

“I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast,” producer Scott Steindorff told Deadline about Ramsay’s departure. “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.”

Reps for O’Connor, Portman, Ramsay and Steindorff did not respond to EW’s request for comment.

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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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