Oftentimes, the most celebrated actors are able to seamlessly go from genre to genre, losing themselves in every role – regardless of the story going on around them. If that holds true, Natalie Portman’s new project looks to be a winner.
The Oscar-winning star of Black Swan is set to produce and star in Jane Got a Gun, a new Western from Lynne Ramsay, director of last year’s acclaimed indie drama We Need to Talk About Kevin. The film will be written by Brian Duffield, whose script appeared on Hollywood’s annual Black List survey of the best unproduced screenplays.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jane – coincidentally the name of Portman’s character in Thor – tells the story of a woman who calls on an ex-lover to help defend her farm and protect her wounded husband, whose gang of outlaws is out to kill him. The film is currently seeking financing at the Cannes Film Festival.
To call this project an intriguing one would be an understatement, as Portman’s resume hasn’t really gone near the Western genre. After her Oscar win and the box office triumph of Thor, the actress’s career is as hot as ever, and the fact that she continues to choose challenging projects is commendable. Still, Westerns can be tricky to pull off at the box office, but with the right star power – and Portman’s involvement is a tremendous start – and a solid script, perhaps the film can find an audience.
One can’t help but think that Ramsay’s involvement spurred Portman’s interest in the project. The actress was reportedly disappointed that she would not get the chance to work with a female director on Thor 2. Monster filmmaker Patty Jenkins left the director’s chair on that film, allowing Games of Thrones director Alan Taylor to take the spot. Although her character was not featured in The Avengers, Portman will return in Thor 2 next summer as the titular God of Thunder’s love interest.
Check back for the latest on Jane Got a Gun, as it moves closer to production.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter