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Natalie Portman to Star in Aronofsky's Next Project

Natalie Portman to Star in Aronofsky's Next Project

Director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem For a Dream) may be going from working with Mickey Rourke to directing Natalie Portman in the supernatural thriller Black Swan. Portman's delicate frame is well-suited for this story set within the world of New York City ballet. Apparently those who have read the script claim it's a "spine-tingler" that's not unlike The Others "in which viewers are left to discern what's real and what's imagined." Here's more:

Swan centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it's unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions.

Done well, I can see how this could be dark and chilling, and I'm pleased that it's a lady-led thriller. I wonder who will take on the role of Portman's rival dancer. Any thoughts on who could play this graceful — yet menacing — villain?


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