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Darren Aronofsky Directing Black Swan

Expect weird

Darren Arunofsky Aronafsky Aronofsky, a director whose name we can almost never spell on first go, has just signed up for a new project: Black Swan. And it sounds, well, it sounds very different. The psychological thriller centres on a manipulative relationship between a veteran dancer and their rival. Now, we've not generally seen the words "psychological thriller" and "dancer" used in the same sentence, so we're really hoping we might be in for some sinister pirouetting and a possible cha-cha to-the-death.

Aranofsky Aronofsky (dammit) is no stranger to the psychological having already made the freaky Pi (mmmm, pie), about a paranoid mathematician, addiction drama Requiem For A Dream and The Fountain. Released in the UK next Friday The Fountain tells of a man (Hugh Jackman) fighting to save his terminally ill wife (Rachel Weisz) and then starts zipping through space and time and all kinds of craziness. But don't worry, there's a bit with a monkey. The film has underperformed in the US and split critics right down the middle -- something most filmmakers would like to do, with an axe. Empire thinks it's ace, so IN YOUR FACE REST OF THE WORLD. IN YOUR FACE!