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Black Swan is an upcoming American psychological thriller film
directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman
and Mila Kunis. The
film is currently in production in New York City.
Nina (Portman) and Lilly (Kunis) are rival ballet dancers in New
York City, and Nina wins the lead in the ballet Swan Lake. Things fall
apart around Nina, and she begins a downward spiral mentally.
Portman as Nina. Portman explained her reason for being part of
Black Swan, "I'm trying to find roles that demand more
adulthood from me because you can get stuck in a very awful cute
cycle as a woman in film, especially being such a small
- Mila Kunis as
Lilly. Kunis contrasted Lilly with Nina, "My character is very
loose... She's not as technically good as Natalie's character, but
she has more passion, naturally. That's what Natalie's character
lacks. So it's a battle and the ying and yang."
Anapau as Galina
- Winona Ryder
as Beth, Nina's friend
Cassel as Yevna, director of a new stage production
Hershey as Nina's mother
- Janet Montgomery as Madeline, a co-dancer jealous of Nina's
In 2007, the studio Universal Pictures acquired the
project Black Swan with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct
and John McLaughlin to write.[nb
1] The director and the writer proposed a
detailed outline of the film to Universal after the release of
Fountain, and the studio chose to fast-track Black
Swan. In June
2009, the studio placed the project in turnaround, generating
attention from other studios and specialty divisions, particularly
with actor Natalie Portman attached to star.
Black Swan began development under Protozoa Pictures and
Overnight Productions, the latter financing the film. In July 2009,
actor Mila Kunis was
cast in a lead role as a rival dancer to Portman's character. Georgina
Parkinson, a ballet mistress from the American Ballet Theatre,
coached Portman and Kunis in ballet. In
November 2009, Fox Searchlight Pictures
became the co-financier and distributor for Black Swan.
The film was given a production budget of $10-12 million, and
principal photography began in New York City toward the end of 2009.
Mansell, who composed the score for Aronofsky's past feature
films, reprises his role for Black Swan. Mansell is
building the score using elements from Swan Lake.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the
final screenplay was written by Mark Heyman based on an original
screenplay by Andre Heinz.
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