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So, word is Darren Aronofsky is possibly re-teaming with his “The Fountain” star Hugh Jackman on the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. Yeah, I can’t believe it, either. What in Sam Hill is going on in this world if Darren Aronofsky starts directing superhero movies? What’s next, someone’s going to give the “21 Jump Street” movie to that fat kid from “Superbad”? Um.
Anyways, Empire has four new swanky posters from Aronofsky’s upcoming supernatural ballet drama “Black Swan”, which stars Natalie Portman as an ambitious ballet dancer who may or may not be haunted by a demon or some such. Mila Kunis plays the “other” ballet dancer who enters Portman’s life, which apparently leads to the two women making out. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason for the make-out scene. Right, Darren?
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Starring Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Christopher Gartin, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, and directed by Darren Aronofsky.
(Possibly) dodging demons everywhere December 1, 2010.
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