'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor Replaces Lynne Ramsay on 'Jane Got a Gun'

Gavin O'Connor
Natalie Portman stars in the indie Western, which was to begin filming Monday.

Gavin O’Connor, who directed the Joel Edgerton-Tom Hardy fight movie Warrior, has stepped in as director on the troubled indie Western Jane Got a Gun.

Connor fills in the gallon hat abruptly vacated by Lynne Ramsay, the We Need to Talk About Kevin director whose clashes late last week with producer Scott Steindorff led to her quitting the project, leaving it without a helmer on the first day of shooting.

Producers Steindorff, Aleen Keshishian and Terry Dougas as well as star and producer Natalie Portman scrambled to find a director and keep the project alive. With O’Connor in the saddle, Jane -- which also stars Edgerton and Jude Law -- could begin filming on its New Mexico set as early as Thursday.

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Jane has skirted disaster before. In late February and early March, the project lost Michael Fassbender, forcing a scramble to find a replacement for the actor. Several days of preproduction were lost, and financing was thrown up in the air, until the producers and Ramsey moved Edgerton into Fassbender’s role and brought in Law.

O’Connor gained favorable notices for co-writing and directing the 2008 crime thriller Pride and Glory, which starred Ed Norton and Colin Farrell, then followed that up with 2011’s Warrior, which garnered Nick Nolte an Oscar nomination.

The filmmaker, who is known for being picky, most recently directed the pilot episode of FX's spy drama The Americans.

He is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn.

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