Natalie Portman Joins Ex Machina Director Alex Garland’s Science Fiction Thriller ‘Annihilation’


Natalie Portman Joins Ex Machina Director Alex Garland's Science Fiction Thriller ‘Annihilation’
Natalie Portman Joins Ex Machina Director Alex Garland's Science Fiction Thriller ‘Annihilation’

Natalie Portman is teaming up with the director of what is probably this year’s best science fiction movie, “Ex Machina,” for his next science fiction outing.

Ex Machina director Alex Garland is reportedly getting ready to cast Natalie Portman in “Annihilation,” which will come out from Paramount Pictures.

According to Variety, Portman is in negotiations to star in the post-apocalyptic horror movie “Annihilation.” According to the official synopsis, Annihilation, published in 2014, is about “a team of four (a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor) set out into a place known as Area X.

The area is abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization.

They are the 12th expedition.

The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.”  Oscar-winner Natalie Portman hasn’t appeared in on the big screen “Thor: The Dark World” in 2013.

This year she’s set to appear in Terrence Malick’s “Knights Of Cups,”  “Weightless” and the upcoming western “Jane Got A Gun.” Portman will also star and make her directorial debut with “A Tale Of Love And Darkness,” which premieres at Cannes later this month.

Portman won the best actress for her role in Black Swan Oscar in 2011.

Garland reportedly stopped looking for actresses after he found out Portman was interested.

Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton both publicly stated that that they’d love the part.

Artificial intelligence thriller Ex Machina was a sleeper hit in the U.S.

The movie came out in limited release but pulled in $12 million.

Garland was the screenwriter for the films “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Dredd.” Producer Scott Rudin, who was also a producer on Ex Machina, acquired movie rights to Jeff VanderMeer’s novel trilogy Annihilation, for Paramount Pictures last year.

The film is expected to start shooting early in 2016.

   

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