(almost) at the movies: black swan

Black Swan has been in the works for a long time – the Darren Aronfsky thriller will open the Venice Film Festival on 1 September, a decade after Aronfsky started talks with Natalie Portman about her role.

From Fox Searchlight:

Nina (Portman) is 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 obsessive former ballerina mother Erica who exerts a suffocating control over her. 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 (Mila 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 – a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Portman studied ballet until she was 13, making her a perfect fit for this role. Good thing too because she met her real-life ballet dancer boyfriend Benjamin Millepied during filming. Mind you, he may get a little jealous by the sexy on-screen between Portman and Kunis, which is rumoured to be overtly erotic.

Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte designed 40 different costumes for their first foray into film costuming. The first photos were released this week and show off their incredible work – the one included here is of Portman in her Black Swan costume.

No word yet on when we can expect to see it on the big screen here but I know I’ll first in line!

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