Darren Aronofsky's ballet drama The Black Swan begins shooting imminently, and is on the verge of securing co-financing and distribution by Fox's indie sub-label Searchlight, according to The Hollywood Reporter. No real surprise there, since it was Searchlight that picked up The Wrestler. Which did okayish...
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis have been undergoing intensive ballet training for the story of a life-or-death, slightly spooky rivalry between two New York ballerinas as a big performance approaches.
It's now revealed that joining them in the cast will be Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassel, plus Winona Ryder as "an older dancer". Not quite as old as Spock's mom, we hope, but this still makes us feel our age. Winona has moved up a generation! She's now playing mothers and mentors!
Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin, Mark Heyman and Aronofsky himself have all had a hand in The Black Swan's script at one time or another. Anything Aronofsky does is alright by us (yes, including The Fountain) so this can't pirouette our way soon enough.