First look: Black Swan with Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman + Darren Aronofsky + ballet + psychological drama = Black Swan.

Aronofsky, the man who brought you The Wrestler and Requiem For A Dream, has taken a peek at the world behind the graceful moves, glittering costumes and bold make up. 

From the trailer it is unclear whether Portman is hallucinating or having some kind of supernatural episode brought on by the pressure of her role as prima ballerina. What you do know is that her rival, played by Mila Kunis, is having a very strange impact on her.

I’ve long been a fan of Natalie Portman, from her breakthrough role in Leon to her excellent turn in Closer, via her arguably most well-known role of Padmé Amidala. I enjoyed her mother-daughter relationship with Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here and her complicated relationship with Hugo Weaving in V for Vendetta.

Mila Kunis I am new to, having only seen her in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and hearing her in Family Guy.

If the trailer is anything to go by then hopefully Black Swan will prove to be an exciting, tense and gritty look into the world of ballet.

* Black Swan is due to be released in US cinemas on 1st December 2010.
* Black Swan
features Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel and is set to have its debut at the Venice Film Festival in September 2010.

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2 thoughts on “First look: Black Swan with Natalie Portman”

  1. Black Swan looks creepy, and actually a little scary (I mean just look at that poster), but putting Kunis in a main role is going to be bad since she still hasn’t convinced me she can live down her That 70’s Show days.

    1. See I’ve never watched That 70’s Show so I can’t really comment on that. From what I’ve seen and read I think she suits the role in Black Swan because she is pretty sultry and sexy. There does seem to be great chemistry between her and Natalie Portman so it’ll be interesting to see if that carrys on through the whole film.

      What kinda movie would you have liked to have Mila in for her first lead role? She was good in Forgetting Sarah Marshall so maybe some kind of goofy comedy thing.

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