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Is Natalie Portman the new Cate Blanchett? In the past week, four movies have been announced with the Oscar-winning actress attached, all coming on the eve of her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, which makes its world premiere Saturday at Cannes.
In other words, the actress wasn’t kidding when she told THR in a recent interview that she’s eager to return to acting. “I don’t think I’ll stop unless I’m made to by lack of opportunity,” she said.
Lack of opportunity doesn’t seem to be an issue. The question is which of the projects will actually be made, and in what order (insiders say all four are real).
On Thursday, word broke that Portman will portray Jackie Kennedy in Jackie, which Wild Bunch is shopping at Cannes. From Chilean director Pablo Larrain (No), the film follows the first four days after the 1963 assassination of President John. F. Kennedy.
Portman also is in talks to star as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in On the Basis of Sex. Focus Features is in negotiations to finance and distribute in North America.
Then there’s Planetarium, co-starring Lily Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp. Portman and Depp would play spiritualist sisters in the drama, directed by French filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski.
Finally, Portman is in negotiations to star in Annihilation, a postapocalyptic horror adventure from Alex Garland (Ex Machina), which tells the story of a biologist who’s embarking on a four-person expedition into Area X, a territory cut off from civilization.
Portman’s Jane Got a Gun also continues to be shopped to international buyers at the Cannes market.
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Melvin Van Peebles