We have the first post Oscar new project rumour, courtesy of It’s On The Grid.

We’re hearing that Natalie Portman has been offered the title role in Lakeshore‘s ADALINE, to be directed by Gabriele Muccino. Katherine Heigl withdrew from the project last November.

I’ll try and get some confirmation, but my instinct is that we should be reaching for the salt shakers on this one. Gabriele Muccino directed the decent enough Will Smith vehicles, Seven Pounds and The Pursuit Of Happyness. Not sure how stoked I’d be to see Natalie after a role that at one point had Katherine Heigl attached.