Winona Ryder & Vincent Cassel Cast in Aronofsky's Black Swan
Some casting news for Darren Aronofsky's next project. SlashFilm has announced that Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey have all joined the cast of Black Swan. We already know that the film stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballet dancers at a dance school. Ryder plays Beth, who is a friend of Portman's character and the lead in all of the school's productions. She's nearing the end of her career, so all of other dancers are aiming to take her place as Odette, the Swan Queen, in the next big ballet: Swan Lake. Cassel will play the handsome but sinister Yevna, director of the new stage production.
Shooting on Black Swan is scheduled to start in just a few weeks in New York City. As far as we know, Fox Searchlight is still financing and distributing this. I was already happy with the cast before, but with these three on-board as well, I'm looking forward to this even more, as we already know Aronofsky can get great performances out of his actors. Black Swan takes a supernatural twist when Portman can't tell whether her rival is a "supernatural apparition" or if she is just having delusions. The script was originally written by John McLaughlin (Man of the House) then revised by Mark Heyman, an exec at Aronofsky's Protozoa.