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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Release Date: September 21, 2007
Limited release

September 1, 2005
Shepard is in James gang

Sam Shepard has signed on for the cast of The Assassination of Jesse James. He'll play the brother of the legendary outlaw Jesse James, who is being portrayed by Brad Pitt. The movie centers on the rise of the gang and eventual jealousy of one of the gang members, Robert Ford (Casey Affleck). Ford eventually becomes involved in a plot to kill off his gang leader. Andrew Dominik is directing from a screenplay based on the book by Ron Hansen. Hansen adapted the script himself.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

August 8, 2005
Affleck joins Jesse James

Casey Affleck is set to star as Robert Ford in the Warner Bros. film The Assassination of Jesse James. The movie will begin shooting in two weeks, and features Brad Pitt as Jesse James. The movie is adapted from the novel by Robert Hansen, and shows the progress of Ford as he starts out as a youngster joining the James gang. Although he initially idolized the "Fastest Gun in the West", he eventually began to resent him. He decided he would build up his reputation by gunning James down, but he then shot him in the back, and became known instead as the most famous coward in the west. Andrew Dominik is directing the period piece.
Source: Variety

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