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Lynne Ramsey reported to be working on new title with Natalie Portman

The two will pair up on western Jane Got a Gun

Lynne Ramsey reported to be working on new title with Natalie Portman

Glasgow born director Lynne Ramsay's next project has just been announced: a Western that will star Natalie Portman. Jane Got A Gun will focus on a young woman whose outlaw of a husband is brutally attacked by his own gang. When the band of men head to the couple's home to finish what they started, Jane reaches out to an ex-lover for help while also taking matters into her own hands.

Ramsey is well known as a director who won't shy away from gritty narratives, as displayed in her early films Morvern Callar and Ratcatcher. Her last and most famous feature We Need to Talk About Kevin was a dark exploration of motherhood and human behaviour. Successfully adapted from the novel by Lionel Shriver, the film also included a standout performance from Tilda Swinton, who gave a believable portrayal of a woman desperately trying to cope with an intolerable son. Hopefully Ramsey will be able to bring out the same kind of performance from Portman, who's currently in desperate need of a role that will stretch her acting abilities.

We've known for almost twenty years now that Portman's something special, from her outstanding performance as a child assassin in Luc Besson's Leon when she was only 11 years old - a role that is still being imitated today in films such as Kick-Ass and Hanna. Since then though her work has been a mixed bag, ranging from the abysmal – see the Star Wars prequels, Your Highness and No Strings Attached (or rather, don't see, if you can help it); to the quirky and unconventional – Garden State and The Darjeeling Limited; to the bold and ballsy such as the previously mentioned Leon, V for Vendetta and last year's Black Swan, for which she won a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actress.

Hopefully such a talented and diverse pairing will result in something special, and the attachment of Portman should give Ramsey a chance at more mainstream success. There is currently no date set for production to start, but it took Ramsey nine years to get round to making Kevin after 2002's Morvern Callar, let's hope this project gets off the ground a bit faster.

Jane Got a Gun

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
  • Written by: Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor
  • UK release: 22 April 2016

When pioneer Jane (Portman) finds her husband (Emmerich) badly wounded, she teams up with old lover Dan (Edgerton) to defend herself and her hubby. A reportedly troubled production makes for an entertaining if conventional tale; Portman is sternly believable and it's at least a pony trek in the direction of the rousing…

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