Joel Edgerton began making a name for himself with supporting appearances in the Star Wars prequels, King Arthur and Smokin’ Aces. He’s since established himself as an actor with a machismo, yet emotive, presence in such recent films as Animal Kingdom, Warrior and The Thing; similarly, he plays a SEAL squadron team leader in next week’s Zero Dark Thirty and is going to show up as brutish Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby next May.
That’s why Edgerton is a favored candidate on the shortlist for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy; though, he has fierce competition in the form of Lee Pace (who’s auditioning for the role of rugged human pilot Star-Lord this week). Meanwhile, Edgerton has entered negotiations for another film altogether: the western Jane Got a Gun.
Here’s a synopsis for Jane Got a Gun (via Deadline):
The pic centers on Jane Hammond (Portman), who reaches out to her ex-lover (Fassbender) to help her when her outlaw husband becomes the target of a violent gang. Edgerton would play John Bishop, the leader of the gang coming to kill Hammond’s husband.
Good old-fashioned westerns are rare nowadays; the genre’s mostly been subject to subversion in recent years, be it through animation (Rango), genre mashup (Cowboys & Aliens) or pastiche (this month’s Django Unchained). Interestingly, the last successful traditional tale set on the old American frontier was the Coen Brother’s True Grit, a film that bucks convention by featuring a female protagonist (like Jane); moreover, there are western shades to next year’s historical drama Serena, which also features a young woman lead (Jennifer Lawrence, currently an Oscar-frontrunner for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook).
In other words: there’s been renewed effort to keep the western alive and relevant in our current age, giving rise to numerous projects that offer potentially innovative spins on the genre’s standard tropes; thus, the cream of the crop keep flocking to these films. Count us excited to see the results.
Screen Rant will keep you posted on Jane Got a Gun as the story develops.