Natalie Portman to star in astronaut drama Pale Blue Dot

Natalie Portman Pale Blue Dot

Fresh off her Golden Globes zinger about the all-male nominees in the Best Director category, Portman is now in talks to star in Pale Blue Dot, a film in which she'll play a female astronaut for director Noah Hawley, the showrunner of shows like Fargo and Legion.

Reese had to depart the movie in November due to filming Big Little Lies season two, but will still serve as a producer.

"Pale Blue Dot" follows a successful female astronaut who, after coming back home from a mission in space, starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly flawless American dream life. Plus, she has Annihilation coming out soon, a sci-fi project that looks to also cover some of that same ground. Hawley directs from a script by Elliott DiGuiseppi and Brian C Brown.

When Pale Blue Dot will begin shooting is unclear as Hawley is now shooting Season 2 of Legion.

Based on the premise that protracted time in space takes a toll on one's ability to cope emotionally with life on the ground, the role will find Portman grappling with the Stepford-esque mundane perfection of everyday life once she's back on Earth.

Natalie has been working in Hollywood since she was a child, but the Academy Award-winning actress previously revealed that her dad was keen for her to pursue another path.

Are you guys interested in watching Pale Blue Dot? The project, which had originally tapped Reese Witherspoon as its star, is, instead, looking at a headliner in Natalie Portman, who's logged plenty of space time in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

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