Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan Starts Shooting in November
It looks like Black Swan is Darren Aronofsky's official follow-up to The Wrestler; RoboCop will have to wait another few years. A few updates on Black Swan have been floating around the web recently, including an early script review that I decided not to get into so I don't ruin the experience for myself (or anyone else). However, Collider recently interviewed actress Mila Kunis, who co-stars in the upcoming film with Natalie Portman, and got some good spoiler-free details out of her. She does confirm that shooting stars in November and that she's been doing extensive ballet training for months - and it's physically exhausting.
"Yes, it is a go," she revealed. "I'm starting production in November and for the past -- we started a month ago with the ballet training and I have two more months of training before choreography begins and we start actual production in New York City." Fox Searchlight will officially be behind this; they also handled the release of The Wrestler after it debuted to rave reviews at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last year. Black Swan centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself in a competitive situation with a rival dancer (Kunis), with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance.
Kunis was also asked about a few scenes that are in the script, to which she explained she couldn't talk about them at all. "It's a psychological thriller and so there is a lot of twists and turns, I guess you could say, and I think that Darren Aronofsky - who's directing it - is a very… He just did the last rewrite on it and he's very private about this one rewrite." Of course, and I wouldn't want to know either, I'd prefer to just be surprised when I see it in theaters sometime next year. She goes on to add that they're shooting for three months from November to January. I'm very happy to see Aronofsky back in the saddle again so soon!
And if you're like me, still hesitant that a movie about ballet will be any good, just wait. Back before I knew anything about The Wrestler, I hated wrestling and had no respect for it, but that movie changed my mind. And as for ballet, well, I'm in the same boat right now. But if there's anyone who can confirm it'll be damn good, it's Kunis, as she attests: "Boy, do I have more respect for ballerinas than I've ever had in my life."