Unless you're "We Need To Talk About Kevin" director Lynne Ramsay, that is. The Hollywood Reporter bring news that Ramsay, who made her long-awaited return to directing, nearly a decade after the ace "Ratcatcher" and "Morvern Callar," last year with the acclaimed adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel, is teaming with Portman for a Western entitled "Jane Got A Gun." Penned by newcomer Brian Duffield ("Your Bridesmaid Is A Bitch"), it would see the Oscar-winning actress play a woman in the Old West who tries to convince an ex-lover to defend her and her wounded husband from the latter's vengeful former gang.
The script made last year's Black List, so it's presumably good stuff, especially with two such impressive talents involved. Last we heard from Ramsay, she was planning to make a sci-fi take on "Moby Dick," but clearly this has grabbed her attention, and we can't wait to see what she does with a Western. Studios and financiers are looking at the package in Cannes at the moment, and a deal is seemingly likely to come together shortly, given the talent involved. There's no word on when the film might move ahead, but given Portman's other commitments, we imagine we're looking at shooting in the first half of 2013.