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Natalie Portman Visits the Dark Side in New Role

Natalie Portman, star of roles in movies such as The Other Boleyn Girl, The Star Wars Saga, and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, has channeled her darker side for one of her newest roles.

Black Swan, which is set to release later on this year, follows Portman’s character, Nina, who plays a troubled ballerina who is given the opportunity to play the lead in a New York City production of Swan Lake. Pushed by her overbearing mother, played by Barbara Hershey, and her dance master, Korolyevna, played by Vincent Cassel, Nina struggles with the pressure of Korolyevna’s demands that she play her character more seductively.

Mila Kunis will also be featured in the film as Natalie’s rival and eventual friend.

“The character was very interesting to play, always challenging and surprising,” says Portman in a recent USA Today interview. “The fact that I spent so much time with the idea-Darren and I started discussing doing the film in 2000-allowed it to marinate a little before the shot.”

Darker roles where her characters have a troubled past are nothing new to Natalie. In one of her first roles, she won critical acclaim in the movie The Professional where she plays a young girl who finds a mentor in a professional assassin after the tragic murder of her parents. Since, she has portrayed an array of characters panning from the young bride of super villain Anakin Skywalker, AKA Darth Vader, a struggling composer and an abandoned teen mother in a Wal-Mart.

In addition to Black Swan, you can expect to see much more of Natalie in the future. She has more than ten projects in the works, including Thor, Snow and the Seven and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, where she will play Elizabeth Bennet.

Do any of you Celebstalkers plan on seeing Black Swan? Which of Natalie’s future projects are you most excited to see?

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