BREAKING: Buyers at the Cannes Film Festival are massing around Jane Got A Gun, a CAA package that has Natalie Portman attached to star for Lynne Ramsay, the helmer of We Need To Talk About Kevin. The Brian Duffield script made the 2011 Black List, and while domestic distributors have been playing hard to get so far with many of the packages the agencies brought to the Croisette, this one has buzz. Portman will play a woman whose outlaw husband returns home to the farm with eight bullets in him, and barely alive. To save her farm and her children, Jane must reach out to an ex-lover she hasn’t seen in years, so that she is ready when her husband’s gang tracks him there. They want to finish him off.
There is no deal yet, but one seems likely. Given the indie bent of Ramsay, the most interested parties have been the specialty distributors. Portman, who last starred in Black Swan, is booked to star in a pair of Terrence Malick-directed films: Knight Of Cups and Lawless.