Deadline bring word that Rodrigo Santoro has joined Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender in Lynne Ramsay’s revenge-driven western, ‘Jane’s Got a Gun.’ The film centers on Portman’s character, a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive, betrayed by criminal confederates that are hot on his heels. When her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job, she is forced to reach out to an ex-lover (Fassbender) and ask if he will help defend her farm. Santoro will play the character of “Fitchum”.

Written by Brian Duffield, ‘Jane’s Got a Gun’ made the 2011 “Black List,” a compilation of the best unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Lynne Ramsay was the filmmaker responsible for the much-acclaimed adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel, ’We Need to Talk About Kevin,’ unquestionably one of my favourite films of 2011. As well as his appearance in the recent Arnold Schwarzenegger movie ‘The Last Stand,’ Rodigo Santoro will be seen in the upcoming prequel ‘300: Rise Of An Empire,’ resuming his role from the first ‘300’ as the Persian king Xerxes. ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’ is due out on August 2nd.  The official synopsis for ‘Jane’s Got a Gun’ can be read below. Filming begins in Febuary.

Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town.  When her husband Bill turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun.  As the relentless leader John Bishop gears up for revenge, Jane’s best hope for her family’s survival rests with her old love Dan Frost (Michael Fassbender) – a gunslinger whose hatred for Bill is only slightly overshadowed by his love for Jane.  Together Jane and Dan spring clever traps, luring Bishop’s men to certain death just as their old feelings for each other resurface amidst the flying bullets.

With director Lynne Ramsay (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, MORVERN CALLAR) at the helm, the rich dimensions of these characters find their best ally with Jane out in front, taking her fate into her own hands with the kind of bravado legends are made of.