Cowgirl-in-training Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman has been watching Westerns as research for her leading role in 'Jane Got a Gun'.

Natalie Portman has been watching Westerns as research for 'Jane Got a Gun'.

The 32-year-old actress - who stars as lead Jane Hammond - is excited that the new American movie will star a female protagonist and has been immersing herself in old Westerns to make sure she gets a feel for cowboy culture.

She explained: "I love Westerns and you don't often get one with a great female protagonist, so this is very exciting. Plus I had a great excuse to watch a lot of old Westerns as research."

The brunette beauty watched Fred Zinnemann's 1952 flick 'High Noon' and award-winning Irish-American director John Ford's hit films to help her prepare.

She told HELLO! magazine: "I saw 'High Noon' and all the John Ford movies - It was great fun."

'Jane Got a Gun' centres on a woman who turns to her gunman ex-lover to protect her husband from an outlaw gang. Starring alongside Natalie will be Ewan McGregor and Jude Law, while the film is being directed by Gavin O'Connor.

Jane Got a Gun

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
  • Written by: Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor
  • UK release: 22 April 2016

When pioneer Jane (Portman) finds her husband (Emmerich) badly wounded, she teams up with old lover Dan (Edgerton) to defend herself and her hubby. A reportedly troubled production makes for an entertaining if conventional tale; Portman is sternly believable and it's at least a pony trek in the direction of the rousing…

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