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Actress-turned-mother Natalie Portman is returning to work for the first time since nabbing the Best Actress Oscar for "Black Swan" and going on maternity leave. The brunette beauty has officially signed on to join not one, but two upcoming films by writer/ director/ savant Terrence Malick.
The first, a drama entitled "Knight of the Cups," begins shooting this summer and also stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas, Deadline reports.
After that comes "Lawless," a musical drama (we're not sure what that means either) whose cast includes Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Haley Bennett and Cate Blanchett (one of Malick's favorites, clearly). This second feature is slated to shoot this fall, immediately following "Knight of the Cups."
This marks not only Portman's return to the big screen after spending many months chillin' with little Aleph, but also her first time working with the Palme d'Or winner and current double-Oscar-nominee Malick. If the Academy has any gauge of true talent — and we're pretty sure it does — then a pairing of these two favorites should be nothing short of spectacular.
We only hope Mr. Portman Millepied can hold down the fort at home while Portman gets back into the swing of being an international movie star.