Bradley Cooper Jane Got A Gun ReplaceEXCLUSIVE: Bradley Cooper is poised to join the cast of Jane Got A Gun, stepping in to play the bad guy role that Jude Law exited shortly after We Need To Talk About Kevin helmer Lynne Ramsay‘s abrupt exit. Cooper joins Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton in the film that Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor took over.

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Despite a tough start, the film is now two weeks into production. The producers, including Scott Steindorff, Portman, Terry Dougas and Aleen Keshishian, have pulled off a minor miracle here. As Deadline revealed exclusively, the cast and crew found out the morning of the first day of shooting that Ramsay had withdrawn from the film. They managed to keep the crew and cast from scattering until they could set O’Connor. Then Law exited, because he wanted to work with Ramsay. I’ve seen independent films fall apart with less adversity, but these guys persevered. They got the film started, but needed to find a replacement with someone with comparable value to Law in the overseas marketplace. They’ve overachieved in landing Cooper.

Coming off an Oscar-nominated turn in Silver Linings Playbook, Cooper is one of the hottest young actors in town. He opens next in The Place Beyond The Pines, and The Hangover Part III. He is part of the cast of Silver Linings helmer David O Russell’s new film, and has numerous other big projects percolating.

There has been a lot of speculation on why Ramsay left, but since she would not comment, I’m not touching all that nasty innuendo. It’s in the rear view mirror anyway. The shoot is moving along nicely under O’Connor. Cooper will play a character named Bishop, the man whose gang has shot up the estranged outlaw husband of a woman who knows they are coming to rout her farm, because that husband has come home to heal. She turns to a former lover (Edgerton) for help. Cooper is repped by CAA.