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Law's 'Jane' Replacements Line Up, 'Hercules' Cast Fills Out and another Oldman and Hardy Reunion

Plus A Royal Affair helmer eyes Rebecca remake

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges1.) The saga of Jane Got a Gun continues today following Jude Law's departure from the picture after director Lynne Ramsay inexplicably (and she's not talking) departed the picture only to be replaced by Gavin O'Connor. Now Law must be replaced and word has it Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges are the candidates. Personally I'm not sure how the first two compare to the third, but as the villain of the piece I guess age must not matter. [LA Times]

2.) Brett Ratner's Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role has added a few more cast members with Ian McShane (Jack the Giant Slayer), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), John Hurt (V for Vendetta) and newcomer Rebecca Ferguson to the picture. Filming begins in May from a script by Ryan Condal is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The film is targeting a July 24, 2015 release date. [Deadline]

Gary Oldman3.) Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy are enjoying a Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Dark Knight Rises and Lawless reunion as Oldman has joined the cast of Child 44 alongside Hardy and Joel Kinnaman and Noomi Rapace for Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa. The film is an adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel in which Hardy plays a disgraced intelligence officer investigating a series of child murders in Stalin's Soviet Union. Rapace plays Hardy's wife, Kinnaman is the film's nemesis while Oldman's character is a member of the military police who suspected in the case.

4.) Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) is the latest director attached to The Equalizer and should things work out, it will reteam the director with his Oscar-winning Training Day star Denzel Washington. The film is loosely based on the late-'80s TV series centered on a private detective available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve. His no-nonsense attitude, compassion, and experience with dealing with a wide variety of situations makes him a powerful and useful detective. The story will be adjusted for Denzel Washington to play a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized. [Deadline]

5.) Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) is reportedly preparing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca for Dreamworks Pictures. Eastern Promises scripter Steven Knight wrote the current draft of the screenplay based on the 1941 Best Picture winner starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, centering on a brooding Englishman who is haunted by memories of his first wife who died in a drowning accident. The film itself was based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier. There is no word on whether Knight went straight back to the source or used Hitch's film as a guide, my assumption would be the former. [Deadline]

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  • Newbourne

    I think I'm more interested in the Jane's Got a Gun fiasco than the movie itself. They should make a documentary about it.

    • The Moth

      Agreed.
      It could be something like "Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate" or "Lost in La Mancha".

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SmartFilm/ SmartFilm

    It's really a shame about 'Jane', that movie has to be a disaster now right? I mean is there any foreseeable equation where that movie actually turns out good still? Makes me wonder how much it will take to get the plug entirely pulled on the project. I get that they've pumped a lot of cash into pre-production already and had everything geared up to go but man has that film taken a walloping in the past week. Watch Portman drop out in the next few days, that would be a devastating blow.

    I guess the saving grace here is that the general populace don't really know squat about movies. It's not like lengthy reshoots necessarily deter than from movies because they don't pay any attention to the production side of the equation.

    • Danny

      I think that it could still turn out fine. Look at the troubled productions such as Apocalypse Now and The Shining... Those turned out great!

      I'm not saying this movie is anywhere near the level of those two movies and who knows why Ramsay left, but until I see a trailer and what not, I'll remain positive and optimistic... I do agree that it would be great to see a documentary about it all... And you are absolutely right, The general movie going public never hear about the troubled production sides of movies unless it becomes it's own mess, such as it was with the Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness and the ballooning budget of Waterworld back in the 90's that media glombed on to...

  • Mike

    Why bother with Rebecca? What is the point? It's only going to bd compared and therefore get lousy reviews. I read Child 44 and thought it was good.

  • Jonas

    bother with Rebecca with Rebecca Ferguson? Well, she is NOT a newcomer for a start, she is a Swedish actress that ahs been acting in mainly Scandinavian TV-productions for 10 years, and will soon play the main role in the BBC 10-part series "The White Queen" and one of the bearing roles in Ridley Scotts upcomming Vatican centered TV-series.....that why :-)