Whoa! I've just seen the trailer (not to mention the poster!) for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and I'm speechless!
See for yourselves:
Now, 'I had a dream' storylines can be trite at the best of times, but after Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler, I think we're safe in Aronofsky's hands (that said, I haven't seen The Fountain, and have heard mixed things - thoughts?). I'm also a huge fan of dance films (as evidenced by my shameless gushing over The Red Shoes), so let's wait and see how a psychological thriller will play out en pointe.
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Australian release date: 20 January 2011
US release date: 1 December 2010
***UPDATE: Check out the film's teaser site I Just Want to Be Perfect
And for an extra surprise, type Rothbart while on the site and see what happens!