Natalie Portman to Star in Astronaut Drama 'Pale Blue Dot'

Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon

Yet, in Hollywood, when a property is hot enough, schedules have a way of opening themselves, as happened in this case.

Many women chose to bring activists as their guests to Sunday's Golden Globes, and spent their time on the red carpet discussing the imperative work being done to combat gender inequality and sexual harassment. What do you think of Natalie Portman replacing Reese Witherspoon in the role?

Natalie Portman is negotiations to star in Pale Blue Dot, an astronaut drama that Noah Hawley, the man behind the Fargo and Legion TV series, is directing for Fox Searchlight.

If she signs on, the Black Swan star will play a successful astronaut who struggles to adapt to life on Earth after returning from a mission in space.

The movie - which is based on a script by Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi - centres on the idea that astronauts can lose touch with reality after spending lengthy periods of time in space. Indeed, the fact that Fargo will not return for a fourth season until 2019 is in part so that Hawley has time to make the film (scheduling sacrifices seem to be a common theme with the film, for better or worse).

News of Portman's casting, revealed by Variety, appears to affirm Fox Searchlight's commitment to get going on Pale Blue Dot, only days after Hawley told SYFY WIRE he was hopeful for a green light on the project.

Portman's next film, the sci-fi flick "Annihilation", opens February 23. Portman is also attached to an HBO miniseries of her own with an adaptation of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

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