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Kevin Costner: 'I want to make tough movie about western women'

Cover Media logo Cover Media 4/04/2016

© Provided by Cover Media Kevin Costner is planning to make a movie to honour his great-grandmother's tough life.

The Dances With Wolves star is hoping to step back behind the camera for a new western focused on frontierswomen and the hardships they had to face.

"It's very heavy and hard on women but so beautifully written that you'll actually go, 'I wonder if I'd have made it through that time?'" the filmmaker tells WENN.

"I desperately want to start it next May (17). I know if I make it and you watch it that you will see yourself in it; how easily you got compromised.

"I know my great-grandmother was worked to death by my great-grandfather. She was just 43 and died and gave him 13 kids in Oklahoma. Women in the west, they were worked to death and it wasn't easy for them."

And Costner feels sure if he makes the movie, all types of Hollywood A-listers will express interest in leading the cast.

"I try to make parts where good actors want to come to them and women want to be in them," he adds.

Costner does not shy away from tackling gritty and controversial subjects in his films. A few years back, the Oscar winner produced and financed passion project Black or White himself after big studio bosses passed on the drama, in which he plays a grandfather fighting for custody of his mixed-race grandchild with her paternal grandmother, portrayed by Octavia Spencer.

Black or White sparked a lot of controversy over one tense scene in particular where Costner to uses the 'N' word while speaking and when asked by other producers to shoot an alternative sequence where his character is not using the expletive, he flat out refused.

"There was talk about it (filming an alternative scene), but I funded it, there was no way I was going to do this any (other way)," he told U.S. breakfast show Today of his decision. "There's no point in dancing around the subject, and... the words do get said."

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