Universal Pictures has nabbed the movie rights to Swan Lake, starring Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
Universal won the pitch from Kristina Lauren Anderson (Catherine the Great, The Alienist) in a fierce bid with other studios. Jones is attached to star in the movie based on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet composed between 1875 and 1876, with Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) attached to sit in the director’s chair.
One of the most popular and beloved ballets of all time (I was obsessed with the tale as a young girl), Swan Lake follows the story of the beautiful Odette, a princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse that can only be broken if someone who’s never been in #luurve (in that case that would be Prince Siegfried) declares his undying love to Odette. Let’s just say, things don’t turn out so well for the lovers thanks to the evil sorcerer and his daughter Odile, aka the Black Swan, who is a dead ringer for Odette (in the ballet, the dual roles are usually played by the same ballerina).
Fun Fact: Luca Guadagnino is putting the finishing touches on his remake of horror classic Suspiria, starring Chloe Moritz and Tilda Swinton, which *drum rolls* centers on a ballerina training in a dance academy in Germany.
The story of Swan Lake inspired Darren Aronofsky's 2010 movie Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, but didn’t follow the ballet’s storyline. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new Swan Lake movie is described as a “tentpole film based on the story told in the ballet.” Should be interesting to see the movie go full fairytale, especially with Felicity Jones most probably playing the roles of Odette/Odile.
What do you guys think of a Swan Lake film starring Felicity Jones? Do you believe Universal to be the right home for the movie?