As one of the worlds most diverse actresses, Natalie Portman has captured our attention for decades. From her breakout role in 1994’s Léon: The Professional to her Oscar-winning performance in 2010’s Black Swan, she rarely (if ever) disappoints.
Now, she’s taken on what might be her most outrageous role yet.
An Unexpected Success Story
Already considered to be a potential Academy Award contender, Vox Lux looks to be quite a wild ride. In the film, Portman plays Celeste, an over-the-top pop superstar. The character isn’t like any of the roles we’ve seen her in before either.
Directed by Brady Corbet, Vox Lux follows the character from her humble beginnings to her out-out-of-control career.
“Tonight, we’re gonna bring it back to where it all began,” Portman opens the movie’s trailer.
After a violent national tragedy in 1999, Celeste and her sister compose and perform an original song the funeral of a classmate. A somber yet cathartic performance, it winds up going viral and Celeste suddenly finds herself catapulted to into pop stardom.
Troubling Modern Times
The film later takes us to 2017, where a now 31-year-old Celeste has plenty of new troubles to face. Not only does she grapple with a scandal-ridden career and a teenage daughter of her own, still there’s more.
It’s clear that beyond the sequins and feathers, there’s more to Celeste than meets the eye.
“You know, sometimes you just get kicked while you’re down,” she says in the trailer.
See the Film
Out Friday, December 7, 2018, the Brady Corbet-directed film stars not only Portman but also Jude Law and others. Raffey Cassidy plays a young Celeste with Stacy Martin as her sister Eleanor.
The film also features original songs written by Sia and an original score by Scott Walker.