In the last two weeks, Natalie has been linked to several projects. First it was a film directed by Ridley Scott (and apparently, detached a few days later). Then there were rumors on a film about the Lisbeth Salander´s franchise … and now it´s a new movie called Bronco Belle.
According to Deadline, Natalie would be attached to this project as a bull rider in a Rocky-esque female empowerment tale as she tries to not allow chauvinists in a male-dominated sport to buck her dreams. Anna Rose Holmer, who has directed Natalie in the recent music video by James Blake, is attached to direct a script by Khurram Longi. It seems that it isn´t a new project precisely: Emily Blunt was linked to this film in 2015, but at the time it was the scriptwriter who was to direct it.
We will see how events happen. CinemaCon begins in Las Vegas today and we may know something else about it….
It’s been a month since Natalie gave birth to Amalia, and there have not been any public appearances or candid photos yet. Waiting for some relevant news, here are a few tidbits:
-There’s nothing official yet, but according to Jeff Sneider, film reporter and regular writer on The Tracking Board, Natalie (and Jennifer Lawrence), would have passed on the project about Getty kidnapping, directed by Ridley Scott:
Heard Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence have passed on Ridley Scott's Getty family kidnapping movie…
Considering that the movie would start shooting in May, and that Natalie should also shoot her scenes for Xavier Dolan’s film this spring, it seems pretty credible. We will see if there is any news about it in the coming weeks…
-Song to Song will expand to more theaters next weekend, and Natalie has given a couple more interviews on the film. Here they are:
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So far, most official photos we’ve seen of the Terrence Malick’s film are from the rest of the main cast (Mara, Gosling and Fassbender), but here we finally have a third photo of Natalie in the movie, dressing a nice wedding dress, which we had already seen in shooting photos four years ago:
What do you think it is that Malick brings that makes actors love working with him?
He really breaks down the ritual of filmmaking that we’re all used to. It frees you, in a way, when you go on to something else afterwards. You feel freer because he reminds you that all the rituals aren’t there for a reason, and that you can kind of break them whenever you want, whenever you feel like it. Because you’re always creating these moments in his films, you’re not just following a script and making what’s happening on the page. You have to invent more, and you take that into other projects, too. When you are going into a film that does have a script, you bring that spirit with you.
Were there other kinds of material he gave you to get you into your character?
He provided me with a lot of information — incredible books and films. It was kind of an education as well. A lot of great Italian films, like [Federico Fellini’s] “Juliet of the Spirits” and “La Strada.” He gave me “Middlemarch,” which I’d never read before, and “Daniel Deronda.” So a lot of Italian films and a lot of Eliot.
So your character here is basically a Fellini character crossed with an Eliot hero?
Yeah. [chuckles] She thinks marrying can help her get out of this bad situation, sort of in a 19th century way. And then, of course, that gets her into a much more tragic situation.
And here we have more casting rumors about possible projects for Natalie. Sony wants to relaunch the Lisbeth Salander´s franchise and will make another film about the character, based on the fourth novel in the series, and according to various sources, Natalie and Scarlett Johansson would be the actresses considered by the studio to replace Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara in the character. It must be remembered that both Natalie and Scarlet were considered for the role by David Fincher in the American adaptation of the first novel a few years ago. That said, this whole thing seems more desires of the Sony Studio than possible reality. We will see how it develops…
It has been an intense week as far as Natalie news is concerned. The premiere of Song to Song has eclipsed everything else, so here is a reminder of other interesting news in the form of Tidbits:
–Vulture wrote a couple of days ago an interesting article about Natalie and how critics don’t let her “grow up”
–The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, the student film sponsored by James Franco, and with Natalie as one of its protagonists, finally got distribution in the USA. Hopefully this will mean finally seeing the film in some way, after two years in which it has only been seen in some festivals.
–Annihilation, the last film of Alex Garland, had a test screening this week in New York. Although the reactions are embargoed, it has transcended that it’s probably an atypical sci-fi movie, difficult to sell to an audience, with great performances of the whole cast. Paramount has not set a release date yet, but it could be later this year or even in the spring of 2018. Hopefully we do not have to wait that long …
-Finally, here we have a couple of vfx reel videos of Jackie, which demonstrate what digital technology can do today to help a low budget production like this:
The second video shows the scene of the murder, which is a bit tricky, so I put it after the jump:
Finally, the film’s premiere took place at the Paramount Theater in Austin yesterday, and as expected, Natalie was unable to attend the event. Producer Sarah Green shared a note she received from the actress saying that she just had her baby and wasn’t able to get on a plane yet, but that making the film was an amazing experience. The rest of the main cast (Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender), were there:
… As for the critical reception, the movie is following the same path as the last three films of the Texan filmmaker. “Boring”, “same schemes” and “self-parody” are the adjectives that are repeated over and over again in the first reactions and reviews. There are exceptions, of course, but it’s the same tonic as with Knight of Cups and To the Wonder last years. On a positive note, Natalie seems to shine every time she appears on the screen:
Of the characters beyond the initial love triangle in Malick’s too-white ensemble, Portman has the biggest part, and also the most powerful, owing not only to her character’s fate, but also the actress’s ability to take a slender, nearly dialogue-free role and make it feel fully rounded.
It’s Portman, though, who gets to explode. As Fassbender’s paramour, she thrusts herself from struggling waitress to seductive vixen to startled and scared captive, addicted to the adrenaline provided by his lifestyle, his money, his sex, and his drugs.
It’s interesting to watch following her lead turn in Jackie, a masterful feat of control and calibration of pitch, body, and emotion in every scene of the film. She’s only a supporting player here, but it’s her role as collateral damage to a life lived song to song that leaves you momentarily silenced.
Annihilation, the next film by Alex Garland, is one of the most anticipated films starring Natalie this year. Although we have not yet seen any trailer or official photo, here we have a couple of tidbits from the last days.
-British director Danny Boyle did a Facebook Live yesterday on Trainspotting 2, his last film, and at one point said he saw a sneak peek of the movie and comented it’s wonderful and Natalie is amazing in it (around 17:00).
-Also, it looks like there’s going to be a test screening today in New York, so presumably we’ll soon see the first real reactions about the film. Let us hope that the expectations will be fulfilled. For me it’s undoubtedly one of the most interesting projects of the year.
The next category in the Charlie Awards is to see what upcoming Natalie film you are most anticipating. It’s never completely fair, since some films we know a lot about and some we know next to nothing, but hey – who said life is fair?