Natalie Portman to star in Alex Garland’s new horror ‘Annihilation’?





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While not technically a horror, director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (above) certainly went to some extremely dark places, and Natalie Portman proved she could handle the dark side well. It is exciting then, to find out she may be set to star in Alex Garland’s (Ex-Machina) new environmental horror Annihilation.

Garland has also proved himself in the horror sci-fi genre by writing the stunning Danny Boyle directed Sunshine, plus 28 Days Later, and he also wrote The Beach and Dredd. Annihilation will see Garland also writing and directing, Variety reported the news on Portman’s possible involvement:

Sources tell Variety that Natalie Portman is in early talks to star in the adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer novel for Garland and Paramount Pictures. Scott Rudin is producing.

Garland will write and direct the pic that follows a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. Paramount had no comment.

The deal is dependent on production starting no sooner than the beginning of 2016, but sources say it seems like the two sides will settle on a start date soon.

Given the critical and commercial success of “Ex Machina,” top talent are determined to find a way to work with Garland. Sources add that the role of Portman’s co-star is being chased by everyone from Julianne Moore to Tilda Swinton, but the studio won’t begin considering anyone until Portman’s deal is worked out.

Here’s the synopsis for the novel Annihilation, written by Jeff VanderMeer (source BN.com)

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer.

In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

About Matt Wavish 10001 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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