First Look: Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan has been chosen to open the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 1 in what must be déjà vu for the director who took home the top Golden Lion prize from the festival two years ago with Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler.

To coincide with the announcement, Fox Searchlight has released the first two images of Natalie Portman as Nina in her hauntingly beautiful Black Swan ballerina attire. In the film, her dancing skills will be challenged by a new upstart dancer played by Mila Kunis. It promises to be a “thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.”

Black Swan also stars Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder. Check out the first look images of Nina as the swan queen below.

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