Just yesterday, coincidentally, a friend of mine was asking me for the whereabouts of Natalie Portman, an inquiry to which I had a slow reply. “Fuck if I know,” was the gist of the response I eventually muttered. Other than her rumored courtship with Sean Penn these days, there hasn’t been much news in her way. Some brief talk that she’d take on the female lead in Marvel’s forthcoming Thor film, but that chatter died rather fast.
My boy was left unsatisfied. Who knew he was such a Natalie Portman lover?
A day later, thankfully, the guy has reason to perk up: Portman has just signed on to play Danny McBride’s love interest in his next comedy, Your Highness, which he co-wrote with friend Ben Best (the pair also co-wrote The Foot Fist Way and HBO’s awesome Eastbound & Down). Your Highness will be directed by McBride’s college friend David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), and will also co-star James Franco, making it a three-way Pineapple Express reunion, a great thing. Let’s hope that there’s a role for Craig Robinson in there somewhere.
The Medieval Times-set film’s plot revolves around a lazy, good-for-nothing prince (McBride) who joins forces with his brother (Franco) to save their kingdom from some evildoing. Bumbling hilarity, and probably some medieval weed-puffing, should ensue. Portman will play McBride’s hopeful squeeze, which isn’t a typical role for the actress, who, aside from Garden State and that Saturday Night Live battle rap/digital short, primarily sticks to laugh-free projects. The team behind Your Highness, which starts filming this July in Ireland, is damn near a sure thing, so it seems she’s picked the right role to let loose with. Girls just wanna have fun, I hear.
***BONUS: This isn’t the first time that Natalie Portman and David Gordon Green have been mutually associated with a project—-early last year, rumors floated around saying that Portman was looking to star in Green’s possible remake of Dario Argento’s undisputed horror heavyweight Suspiria. As much as I like both Green and Portman, a Suspiria take-two never sat well with me. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like that one will happen any time soon, if ever.
News spotted over at: Empire Online