Could Natalie Portman Play a High School Cheerleader in New Murder Mystery?

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Just three years after shocking the world of ballet in the psychological thriller The Black SwanNatalie Portman might be back to take on a similar universe: cheerleading.

According to Deadline, the Oscar-winning actress is talking with Fox 2000 Pictures about a possible role in Dare Me, a fast-paced psychological thriller based on the popular 2012 novel by Megan Abbott. The novel surrounds the teenage angst and betrayal within a high school cheerleading squad that skyrockets to a new level when a suicide launches a police investigation onto the team and their new coach. 

The mystery novel has been acclaimed by Entertainment Weekly and as one of the Best Books of 2012, while the New York Times Book Review described it by saying, “It’s Heathers meets Fight Club good.” Scripted by Abbott, The film is set to be directed by Michael Sucsy, whose previous work includes the Emmy-winning TV movie Grey Gardens and The Vow.

Portman is currently filming Jane Got a Gun,  a Western directed by Lynne Ramsay also starring Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton, and Rodrigo Santoro. There’s no news on whether Portman will play one of the cheerleaders, but at 32, it seems unlikely. However, it would hardly be the first Hollywood high school to be filled with far-too-old actors and actresses

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