Opening Jan. 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Jane Got a Gun, the long-gestating Western starring Natalie Portman as a high plains woman seeking to save her husband from the outlaw gang who are after his blood. Read on…
Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory, Warrior) and co-written by Brian Duffield (Insurgent), Anthony Tambakis (Warrior) and actor-turned-filmmaker Joel Edgerton, who also stars, Jane Got a Gun has endured a rocky journey to the screen which has seen many people come-and-go as the project changed hands, stalled and inched its way through production. The one constant, however, has been Portman, on whose stellar performance the film revolves around.
An actress of exceptional range, Portman (Black Swan, Thor, Knight of Cups) is the perfect choice to play the titular role of Jane Hammond, who enslists the help of her drunkard ex-husband Dan (Edgerton) – who she believed had died in the Civil War – to track down the ruthless gang, led by John Bishop (Ewan McGregor), who are after the blood of her current husband Bill (Noah Emmerich).
Beautifully shot in New Mexico by cinematographer Mandy Walker, who provided equally as evocative visuals for the likes of Shattered Glass, Tracks and Truth, Jane Got a Gun is a female-centric Western that deserves to be seen.
AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:
Nell Minow: Jane Got a Gun has Natalie Portman in a Black List-script movie that looks very promising.
Jennifer Merin: Natalie Portman stars in a femme-centric Western. I’m in!
Title: Jane Got a Gun
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Running Time: 98 minutes
Shooting Location(s): New Mexico, USA
Principal Cast: Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich
Screenwriters: Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis, Joel Edgerton
Production Company: 1821 Pictures, Boies / Schiller Film Group, Hansomecharlie Films, Scott Pictures, Straight Up Films, Unanimous Pictures, WeatherVane Productions
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.
Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor