First Look: Natalie Portman Arms Herself in Western 'Jane Got a Gun'

Sunday, 04 January 2015 20:27 Written by  iamrogue
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First Look: Natalie Portman Arms Herself in Western 'Jane Got a Gun'

There aren't enough westerns these days and there certainly aren't enough mainstream movies led by women, so our first look at Jane Got a Gun is most welcome.

Natalie Portman stars as Jane Hammond, wife of a dangerous outlaw betrayed by his criminal compatriots on one of his frequent lawless adventures. 

The husband returns home bloodied and dying, warning his wife that his former posse is hot on his heels, leaving his wife to defend herself alone.  In order to defend herself and her homestead, she seeks out a former lover to sling guns with her.

Jane Got a Gun co-stars Joel Edgerton as the ex-boyfriend and Ewan McGregor as the villain, with Noah Emmerich as the husband, but casting the male roles was a regular Dating Game situation.  Initially, Edgerton was going to play the bad guy to Michael Fassbender's hunky ex, but when Fassbender exited over scheduling issues with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edgerton swapped over to that role, with Jude Law and Bradley Cooper both passing through the part that would eventually go to McGregor.

There was a directorial shuffle, too.  Originally, Lynne Ramsay was on board to make Jane Got a Gun her follow-up to We Need to Talk About Kevin, but ultimately the movie was helmed by Gavin O'Connor, the man behind Miracle who really showed what he's capable of with the underseen Warrior.

The story, cooked up by Brian Duffield, has the feel of an elegantly stripped-down, old-fashioned western, and that's worth getting excited about.  So take a gander at these first look images courtesy of Unanimous Entertainment (by way of The Film Stage):

Man, this looks dark.  Not dark thematically, but actually dark.  Appropriate, given that it takes place on the frontier in the 19th century and all.

Jane Got a Gun is scheduled to open nationwide on September 4th of this year.

Because the title made us think of it, here's the music video for "Janie Got a Gun," which happens to have been directed by David Fincher:

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