Darren Aronofsky's next film to hit SA is Black Swan. Fresh from making probably his most actor and least concept driven film, The Wrestler, the director is trying to do both.
Natalie Portman plays Nina, a ballerina in a New York City ballet company. She is first choice to replace the prima ballerina Beth, played by Winona Ryder but then a new ballerina comes along, Lily who is played by Mila Kunis of That 70s Show fame.
The Swan Lake performance they are competing to be in, however, needs a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, with guile and sensuality. Nina is more White Swan than Black Swan and this becomes a challenge for her.
Having been a fan of Aronofsky's work since his film, Pi, I am really excited to see what he does with such an art form as ballet. Natalie Portman was one of my favourite actresses too, albeit years ago and I really enjoyed watching Ms Kunis as Jackie in That 70s Show. Still, I want to see their acting ability shine through beyond their pretty faces.
Black Swan releases next year.