Natalie Portman in Talks for Alex Garland's Post-Apocalyptic Horror Film

Scott Rudin is producing the project, which is an adaptation of a book by Jeff VanderMeer.
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Natalie Portman is in early negotiations to star in Annihilation, a post-apocalyptic horror adventure feature that Alex Garland is directing for Paramount as his follow-up to Ex Machina.

Scott Rudin is producing the project, which is an adaptation of a book by Jeff VanderMeer.

The story follows a biologist, to be played by Portman, as she embarks on a four-person expedition into Area X, a territory cut off from civilization. While there, she must deal with a mysterious contamination, disappearing colleagues, a deadly animal and a being known as the Crawler, all while searching for clues regarding her husband’s disappearance.

Garland wrote the script, adapted from VanderMeer's book, which hit stores in February 2014 and is the first in a trilogy. Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later and The Beach, has been in high demand lately thanks to the surprise success of Ex Machina.

Paramount had no comment on Portman’s dealmaking.

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