The Wachowskis want Natalie Portman for their next sci-fi epic

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Dec 16, 2012

Andy and Lana Wachowski haven't made a film based on their own original material since Matrix Revolutions in 2003, so we've been keen to find out anything we can about their next flick, the mysterious Jupiter Ascending. We still don't know what it's about, but at least we know who the Wachowskis want to star: their V for Vendetta collaborator Natalie Portman.

The Wachowskis just wrapped on their adaptation of David Mitchell's sci-fi/historical epic Cloud Atlas, and they're looking to get rolling on Jupiter Ascending by this fall. That means casting needs to happen soon, and 24 Frames has heard that Portman is at the top of the list.

If she takes the part, Jupiter Ascending would be the first major project Portman has taken on since 2010. Her only 2011 releases—No Strings Attached, Your Highness and Thor—were films she made before she was pregnant with her son. She was five months pregnant when she picked up the Best Actress Oscar last year for Black Swan, so she opted for time with her baby over using her Oscar momentum to pick up another major project, even turning down a role in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity that Sandra Bullock ended up landing.

According to 24 Frames' source, Portman is "seriously weighing taking the part." We don't know what "the part" is yet, since the Wachowskis continue to keep the project under very tight wraps, but if she takes it, it could be a major relaunch for the actress. The only other things on her plate right now are a documentary about veganism and a return to Marvel's Thor 2, but neither of those offer starring roles. After a year out of the spotlight, Jupiter Ascending could the Black Swan followup we've all been waiting for from Natalie Portman.

(24 Frames via Collider)