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Natalie Portman talks about her involvement with Superman, Batman and Cloud Atlas

01.05.2011
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Lovely actress Natalie Portman always seems to have full schedule appearing in, producing or even writing movies. But she also finds her name associated with projects that may or may not carry truth.

In the latest issue, EW chatted with the BLACK SWAN star and slowed down the rumor wheel.

Is it possible she'll star as Lois Lane in SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL? "No, I haven't heard anything."

Okay, one DC hero down. How about the speculation that she'll be a potential love interest in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? "Oh, I don't know anything about that."

Any truth to her wanting to play rebellious hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's version of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO? "They called me to read for it, but I didn't."

Hmm, a trend develops. Okay, she's also been linked to the ambitious sci-fi project CLOUD ATLAS -- Halle Berry even mentioned that she, Portman and Tom Hanks were making it with the Wachowskis (although RUN LOLA RUN director Tom Tykwer had also previously been involved). What's the status on that?

"I don't know what's going on with financing," Portman says of the planned $80 million adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel. "I read it while I was doing V FOR VENDETTA and I gave it to the Wachowskis and to Tom Tykwer. Now they're directing it together, the three of them. I will have some acting role in it if it happens, but probably nothing major."

Three directors on one movie? Well, the book involves multiple characters across different time frames, so perhaps they're individually handling separate portions? Or perhaps just together trying to unravel the story -- here's a (somewhat dizzying) description of the book: "Mitchell's virtuosic novel presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy. There is a naïve clerk on a nineteenth-century Polynesian voyage; an aspiring composer who insinuates himself into the home of a syphilitic genius; a journalist investigating a nuclear plant; a publisher with a dangerous best-seller on his hands; and a cloned human being created for slave labor. These five stories are bisected and arranged around a sixth, the oral history of a post-apocalyptic island, which forms the heart of the novel. Only after this do the second halves of the stories fall into place, pulling the novel's themes into focus: the ease with which one group enslaves another, and the constant rewriting of the past by those who control the present."

Extra Tidbit: Meanwhile, Portman is producing the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's hit parody book PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, and is currently seeking a home for BYO, the raunchy comedy she co-wrote that's described as a "female SUPERBAD." And she might just be collecting a small gold statue next month.
Source: EW

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11:39AM on 01/06/2011

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I don't think Portman is going to act in any movies in 2011. She's going to have a child in a few months and will probably take a year off from acting. Ironically, she'll probably win an Oscar for Black Swan, but hopefully in a year or two when she returns to acting the prime offers will still be there. It would be a shame if they weren't.
I don't think Portman is going to act in any movies in 2011. She's going to have a child in a few months and will probably take a year off from acting. Ironically, she'll probably win an Oscar for Black Swan, but hopefully in a year or two when she returns to acting the prime offers will still be there. It would be a shame if they weren't.
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11:29AM on 01/06/2011

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I don't think Portman is going to act in any movies in 2011. She's going to have a child in a few months and will probably take a year off from acting. Ironically, she'll probably win an Oscar for Black Swan, but hopefully in a year or two when she returns to acting the prime offers will still be there. It would be a shame if they weren't.
I don't think Portman is going to act in any movies in 2011. She's going to have a child in a few months and will probably take a year off from acting. Ironically, she'll probably win an Oscar for Black Swan, but hopefully in a year or two when she returns to acting the prime offers will still be there. It would be a shame if they weren't.
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8:32AM on 01/06/2011
A rare headline that makes me want to check out a book. Great. I'll add it to the 6 others I got for christmas and 4 from last year I haven't read.
A rare headline that makes me want to check out a book. Great. I'll add it to the 6 others I got for christmas and 4 from last year I haven't read.
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2:57AM on 01/06/2011
She's a great actress, but I want her nowhere near Superman: Man of Steel or The Dar Knight Rises. I'd rather see Snyder and Nolan cast someone suprising or "different" from the usual casting (i.e. Ledeger for The Joker).

She's a great actress, but I want her nowhere near Superman: Man of Steel or The Dar Knight Rises. I'd rather see Snyder and Nolan cast someone suprising or "different" from the usual casting (i.e. Ledeger for The Joker).

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1:47AM on 01/06/2011
After "Black Swan" she can only go higher up in her career. The woman is brilliant.
After "Black Swan" she can only go higher up in her career. The woman is brilliant.
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12:33AM on 01/06/2011

Portman = awesome

I just wish she'd actually star in Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. She'd make a great Liz Bennett.

@ willhunter8: actually, I buy her answer about TDKR. If someone was asking me about a bunch of projects I had no interest/involvement in, I suspect my answers would get curt after a while.
I just wish she'd actually star in Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. She'd make a great Liz Bennett.

@ willhunter8: actually, I buy her answer about TDKR. If someone was asking me about a bunch of projects I had no interest/involvement in, I suspect my answers would get curt after a while.
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12:08AM on 01/06/2011

You know

Her answer for Lois Lane, I completely buy. Her answer for TDKR just doesn't sit well with me. If I told someone "Oh, I don't know anything about that"...just sounds too tongue in cheek. Is it just hope? I don't know - possibly.
Her answer for Lois Lane, I completely buy. Her answer for TDKR just doesn't sit well with me. If I told someone "Oh, I don't know anything about that"...just sounds too tongue in cheek. Is it just hope? I don't know - possibly.
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12:01AM on 01/06/2011
Black Swan had the performance of her career.. she completely owned that movie from start to finish.. I hope she does get that Oscar.
Black Swan had the performance of her career.. she completely owned that movie from start to finish.. I hope she does get that Oscar.
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