While Lana and Andy Wachowskis are currently busy developing Cloud Atlas alongside Tom Tykwer, they are not wasting time lining up their next project, a science-fiction film titled Jupiter Ascending. According to 24 Frames, the directing duo have reached out to Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman for the lead role.
Production is tentatively set to start this fall, and as customary with the Wachowskis at the helm, there is no plot detail at this point. It may be telling however that they are willing to hold up production if Portman decides she wants to spend more time with her newborn son, Aleph. Is this going to be a female-centric sci-fi movie, like the upcoming Sandra Bullock-starring Gravity?
In any case, Portman is said to be “seriously weighing taking the part” although she has a looming commitment with Thor 2 which is likely to start shooting sometime in the fall as well. The 30-year old actress was the hottest actress in Hollywood just a year ago but as you may remember, she was 5-month pregnant when she received an Oscar for her work in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and essentially stopped working since. It will be interesting to see what kind of roles she will take on, now that she is gearing up to make a comeback. Could this be one of them?