Nat to star in Your Highness

By May 29, 2009Nat-news

Some very exciting news tonight. According to Variety, Natalie will soon be starring in a stoner comedy written by Danny McBride and directed by David Gordon Green (I suppose that finally explains her meeting with him, while putting a few more nails in the Suspiria rumors coffin).

Natalie Portman will star with Danny McBride and James Franco in “Your Highness,” a Universal Pictures comedy that begins production in July in Ireland. David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express”) is directing.

Scott Stuber is producing through his U-based banner.

McBride, who wrote the script with Ben Best, plays an arrogant lazy prince who with his brother (Franco) must complete a quest to save the kingdom and his brother’s fiance. Portman will play a warrior princess that the lazy prince falls in love with.

Portman is currently starring with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson in the Spencer Susser-directed “Hesher,” which marks Portman’s feature debut as a producer under her banner, Handsomecharlie Films.

She will next be seen in the Jim Sheridan-directed “Brothers,” with Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal, which is due out in December. Portman just wrapped the Don Roos-directed “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits.”

McBride and Best are exec producers and costars on the raunchy HBO comedy “Eastbound and Down” and they also co-wrote the 2006 feature “The Foot Fist Way” with helmer Jody Hill.

This news definitely seems legit, with reports coming from reputable Variety and Entertainment Weekly. There are a few more write-ups at HitFix.com, JoBlo.com, and ScreenCrave.com. Thoughts? I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl.

UPDATE – Dazza here. Make sure you check out that last link, as it has an interview with Mcbride about the film and Natalie’s casting.

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  • viona says:

    “Portman will play a warrior princess that the lazy prince falls in love with.”

    not really excited bout this.

  • iluciouz says:

    that is exciting news!

  • jesslv74 says:

    Haha, two totally opposite comments there.

    I’m not into comedy at all but for Nat I’d see it. I’ve never heard of Danny McBride (see how NOT into that type of comedy I am?) so I went IMDB’d him and saw he was in all of the type of movies I don’t like and have therefore not seen but know of them (Tropic Thunder, Superbad, Pineapple Express, etc.).

    The movie is on there, slated for a 2011 release. I guess that’ll give those who aren’t too keen about the idea a good while to get used to the it, hehe.