The Wachowskis Courting Natalie Portman to Star in Sci-Fi Movie JUPITER ASCENDING

     January 4, 2012

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I am interested in anything Andy and Lana Wachowski do.  In recent months, that meant following the development of Cloud Atlas, which wrapped production in December.  Word surfaced in October the filmmakers are looking at a quick turnaround before their next movie, Jupiter Ascending.  The Wachowskis have reportedly reached out to their V for Vendetta heroine Natalie Portman to star in Jupiter.  Production is now tentatively scheduled for this fall, so plot details are under lock and key.  All we know is the genre: science fiction.  With the Wachowskis at the helm, that’s enough for me.  More after the jump:

Natalie-Portman-No-Strings-Attached-imageYou may recall that Portman was five months pregnant when she won the Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan.  The first half of 2011 unloaded the films she shot before the pregnancy: No Strings Attached, Your Highness, and Thor.  But Portman has chosen time with her son over working in front of the camera, evident in the reported reluctance to her most serious commitment, Thor 2*.  So Jupiter Ascending could be the project that lures Portman out of hiatus.  A source told 24 Frames that Portman is “seriously weighing taking the part.”

At the very least, the fact that the Wachowskis are looking at Portman tells us a little more about the film.  Jupiter Ascending could join a new wave of female-centric sci-fi with the likes of Prometheus and Gravity on the horizon.  Very cool.

In the meantime, Portman is said to be working on a veganism documentary based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals.

*I am intrigued by 24 Frames’ claim that “There’s no word on whether Marvel will move forward with the sequel [to Thor].”  The studio had trouble landing on a director, but with Alan Taylor on board and a November 2013 release date announced, Marvel seems all in on Thor 2.  If 24 Frames’ sentiment pops up elsewhere, we’ll circle back to it.

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