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