Natalie Portman Will Dance for Darren Aronofsky in ‘Black Swan’

Darren Aronofsky has been lying low since all the critical acclaim heaped on him after “The Wrestler.” He’s just been quietly developing his “Robocop” reboot. The talented director also has another project up his sleeve, one that might just take flight before “Robocop” thanks to the addition of Natalie Portman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Portman is attached to star in Aronofsky’s next project, “Black Swan.”

“Swan” is a supernatural thriller set in the New York City ballet. It follows a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself in a tight competition with a rival dancer. With a big performance on the horizon, the rivalry between them becomes fierce and ugly. While that could be vicious enough territory for a film to explore, the ballerina must face an even more terrifying question: whether her rival is even real or just a delusion. A lot of comparisons to made here to “The Others,” the Nicole Kidman ghost story where all was not as it seemed… but not before we all wept in terror. Well, at least I did.

Aronofsky has been working on the project since 2007, and originally had it set up at Universal. The director recently handed the original “Swan” script, written by John McLaughlin, over to his own Protozoa Pictures for a rewrite.

While Aronofsky is in high demand after “The Wrestler,” Portman’s involvement has attracted a lot of interest from studios, with several circling to snap up and finance the project. “Swan” could shoot as early as this year, and let’s hope it does. We need a break from slasher gorefests and a visit back to creepy mind-benders, don’t you think?

Readers, what do you think of “Black Swan” in this early stage? Do you want to see Aronofsky helm “Robocop” first, or toy with supernatural “others” instead? Do you think Portman is right for the lead?