Just the other day, we brought you the first poster for the Natalie Portman film The Other Woman. Today, the trailer for the film has been released online and shows the gifted Black Swan thespian at it again in another dramatic and poignant role. The film also stars Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow. Based on the Ayelet Waldman novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, the film tells the story of Emilia (Portman), “a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack (Scott Cohen), a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss – and married – when she began working at his law firm.” Directed by Don Roos, whose previous credits include helming The Opposite of Sex and writing the screenplay for Marley and Me, the drama is set to be released on Video On Demand by IFC on January 1st, 2011, but will see a theatrical release on February 4th.
Check out a synopsis of the novel, as well as the trailer after the jump:
After Black Swan, Natalie Portman has become one of my favorite female actors working in the industry right now. Her performance was so natural and utterly flawless that I have complete confidence she can take on any role. Maybe it’s the fact that she graduated from Harvard (much like her character in The Other Woman) or just an innate brilliance she brings to the screen. Whatever the case, it’s clear she can tackle anything, from psychopathic human/swan hybrids to comedic roles as well (she hosted SNL and was a hilarious guest on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis from Funny or Die.) Although I am shaken up a bit by the fact that the role of Emilia was originally being eyed by Jennifer Lopez, it looks like this movie has a lot of promise.
Here’s the synopsis of the novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits via Amazon:
How a five-year-old manages to make the adults in his life hew to the love he holds for them is the sweet treat in this honest, brutal, bitterly funny slice of life. When Emelia’s day-old daughter, Isabel, succumbs to SIDS, her own life stalls. She can’t work; she can’t sleep; Central Park, once her personal secret garden, now is a minefield of happy mother-child dyads. Since Isabel’s death, husband Jack’s only solace for the guilt of breaking up his sexless marriage with Carolyn for Emelia’s (now-absent) passion and love is joint custody of William, now five. What Emelia cannot bear most are Wednesdays, when she must cross the park to collect William at the 92nd Street Y preschool and take another shot at stepmotherhood. Carolyn, William’s furious mother and a renowned Upper East Side OB/GYN, lives to nab Emelia for mistakes in handling him. Carolyn’s indicting phone calls raise the already sky-high tension in Jack and Emelia’s home, but they don’t compare with Carolyn’s announcement that, at age 42, she is pregnant. The news pushes Emelia to confess to Jack two things she shouldn’t. William is charmingly realized, and Waldman (Daughter’s Keeper) has upper bourgeois New York down cold. The result is a terrific adult story.