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Jesse James' Gang Gets Shepard

Published September 1, 2005 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
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A little while back we announced that Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck were teaming up for the film The Assassination of Jesse James. Pitt is set to star as the famous outlaw Jesse James with Casey Affleck set to play Robert Ford, a member of the gang who set out to murder Jesse. Well, it seems like the cast has grown and so has the title.

Assassination of Jesse James Gets a Shepard

First off, it turns out that the full working title for the film is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Holy crap that's a long title, something I do hope they slim back down to what we originally had hoped. It is going to take two one-sheets just to fight the dang title.

Besides the title, thehollywoodreporter has recently announced that Sam Shepard [Black Hawk Down, Stealth] has recently signed on to play the roll of Jesse James' brother, Frank.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford begins filming this week up in Canada with Andrew Dominik taking the directors chair. The original story was written and adapted by Ron Hansen. Just when you thought we couldn't have more talent, Ridley and Tony Scott are set to produce the film through their production company Scott Free Prods.

All in all, good times. I can't wait to see how things develop with this film, as we can always use a good western. On a side note, it looks like Colin Farell and Brad Pitt have now shared a couple things-- the role of Jesse James and [insert name here].

Stay tuned for updates.

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