In a move that would see two of our more ubiquitous actors working together, Vulture is reporting that Michael Fassbender is in the final stages of signing on to join Oscar winner Natalie Portman in the western Jane Got a Gun. Based on a 2011 Black List script written by Brian Duffield, Portman would play a woman married to an outlaw who returns home bullet-riddled and half-dead, betrayed by criminal confederates hot on his heels. Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover (Fassbender) who she hasn’t seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.
The synopsis makes this film sound like a great showcase for the talents of Fassbender and Portman, who is also producing. Add to that the news that the movie is set to be directed by We Need to Talk About Kevin helmer Lynne Ramsey and you’ve certainly got a recipe for at the very least, an artful and mentally stimulating film.
Shooting is expected to start early next year.