Requiem for a Dream had already given Darren Aronofsky a thick level of acclaim in my eyes, but, after last year’s The Wrestler, the guy is now a filmmaker that I’ll forever watch with both anticipation and excitement. The Wrestler is such a remarkable product that following it up successfully seems like a task that could turn a man’s nerves into a mushy puddle of floppy gelatine. When the news hit that his next work would be a new take on the ’80s sci-fi classic Robocop, I felt a bit underwhelmed, honestly—I’ve sadly yet to see Robocop, though it’s waiting impatiently in my DVR taped-library. So I have zero attachment to that property. My initial reaction was, “Shit, I’d much rather see Aronofsky give horror a go.” The bleakness in Requiem for a Dream feels like the perfect precursor to an awesome horror film from the guy, if he ever felt so inclined.
The announcement a month or so back that his next project won’t be Robocop (his involvement with that remake seems a bit up in the air now) but instead an original project titled Black Swan, the smile perked up. Then its plot promised a bit of supernatural creeps, which was amazing, and that Natalie Portman would star, which was also positive. About a ballerina battling with a dancing nemesis who may in fact be a ghost, Black Swan‘s plot gave me feels-good visions of a psychologically-biting blend of Suspiria and Fight Club, obviously a brilliant mashup if handled properly.
Well, today came news that said potentially-an-evil-spirit ballerina villain will be played by Mila Kunis, the hotter-than-your-girl gal who’s in the midst of a red-hot career surge post-Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Which, of course, gives me a reason to post the picture that you see to the right for the I-don’t-even-know-how-many-at-this-point time. Having never seen (for good reason) her straight-to-DVD cinematic belly-flop American Psycho 2, I can’t call it as to how well Kunis can play the bad-girl role, but I’m more than willing to give her a chance. Besides, my juvenile side realizes that she’ll most likely be wearing tight leotards the entire time.
Black Swan can’t come soon enough now…. Here’s another Mila Kunis look, just because I’m generous like that:
News first spotted over at: Empire Online