Natalie Portman to Produce and Star in Western Movie ‘Jane Got a Gun’

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Natalie Portman to star Jane Got a Gun  Natalie Portman to Produce and Star in Western Movie Jane Got a Gun

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 Thortells 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.

Thor Chris Hemsworth and Jane Foster Natalie Portman in Thor 570x380 Natalie Portman to Produce and Star in Western Movie Jane Got a Gun

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

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  1. seems like the western genre is making a comeback – i love a good western

  2. Hmm..Looks like Janie’s got a gun…

    • HA!

  3. I love a good western, here’s to the hope that this is one!

  4. As long as it doesn’t have aliens in it, I’m in.

  5. “…the fact that she continues to choose challenging projects is commendable.”

    Your Highness and No Strings Attached, as examples? Those are the movies made between Black Swan and Thor. She does have a rare charm and unique talent, but I’m not sure it’s a role that only she could portray.

  6. i always thought she should have been rachel dawes in the first two batman movies…she’s one of the better actresses in hollywood for sure but i will need to hear more about the cast to get excited for the film

  7. Hello