In the span of a few months, Natalie Portman won an Oscar and had a kid. Since then, everyone's been dying to know when she'll come back to work. We were jazzed when the Black Swan actress was eying up Jupiter Ascending, another collaboration with the masters of Sci-fi Lana and Andy Wachowski, which sounded like an epic-in-the-making and the perfect curveball to avoid the dreaded post-Oscar slump. Now, news comes in she may have a different plan in store—but one that should satisfy fans nonetheless.
Portman has committed to starring in two back-to-back movies with heralded Tree of Life director Terrance Malick: Knight of the Cups, co-starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas, and Lawless, which also sees Bale and Blanchett returning, along with Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett. Like Malick's previous films, there's little known about either project, but with an exceptional track record (and an Oscar nomination now under his belt for Tree of Life), there's a good chance Portman's decision will be one that works in the favor of her fans.
No word on when to expect either film in theaters—Malick is notorious for taking his time shooting and planning liberal post-produciton schedules—but with Portman on our radar, we'll be keeping close track of Knight of the Cups and Lawless all the way to completion.