Jane Got a Gun has been an attractive package from the very beginning, seeing as it pairs a Black List script with a talented director in Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and a huge movie star lead in Natalie Portman (Mars Attacks). But now, as the production inches closer to a start date, it’s going to have to start filling out the rest of its cast, and a report from Vulture says that Ramsay and crew are looking to get that process started off with a bang.

The story of the film is said to follow a woman (Portman) whose husband comes home one day riddled with bullet wounds and barely breathing. It turns out that her low-down dog of a hubby has gone and got himself involved with some criminal Confederates, and now they’re hot on his heels and looking to finish the job they already started. Seeing as said man is seemingly on his death bed, it falls on said woman to reach out to an ex-lover and ask him to help her defend her farm, a proposition that sounds ripe with dramatic stickiness.

There’s yet to be any word on who might play the holy husband, but if the reports Vulture is hearing are to be believed, Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender is negotiating to take the role of the ex-lover, and negotiations are said to be going pretty good. You may know Fassbender from such projects as: being the best actor on the planet, having a magnetic charisma that’s impossible to resist, and isn’t that the guy who showed his wang? Currently he’s busy shooting Ridley Scott’s next, The Counselor, and certainly there are also a bevy of possible projects that could get shuffled into his schedule after that, but if everything goes right on this Jane Got a Gun deal, then reportedly they’d look to start shooting this one early next year. Which would be awesome, because Fassbender and Portman in the same movie. Swoon.

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