The first trailer for Gavin O’Connor’s Western drama Jane Got a Gun is finally online. I say finally because there was a time when it looked like this film wasn’t going to come together at all. At one point, Lynne Ramsey was on board to direct with Jude Law set to play the villain. When Ramsey departed, so did Law, prompting Bradley Cooper to step into the role. O’Connor (Warrior) came in to straighten things out from the director’s chair, but Cooper’s exit caused more casting issues and release date delays.
All this drama aside, Jane Got a Gun is a revisionist Western starring Natalie Portman, which should be enough to draw audiences in. Unfortunately this first trailer is not doing the beleaguered film any favors as it comes across as more of a clip montage of a Lifetime movie rather than something befitting the talent behind and in front of the camera. I’m hoping that this International edit is just a poor one and that we’ll have a better look at the film in days to come.
Also starring Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Joel Edgerton, Boyd Holbrook and Rodrigo Santoro, Jane Got a Gun is set to open in February. Watch the first trailer for Jane Got a Gun below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Jane Got a Gun:
“Jane Got a Gun” centers on Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman), who has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by the ultra-violent Bishop Boys outlaw gang. She finds herself in the gang’s cross-hairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless mastermind Colin (Ewan McGregor).
With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) for help in defending her family against certain destruction. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival.