Natalie Portman is in talks to replace Reese Witherspoon in the lead role of Fox Searchlight's astronaut drama "Pale Blue Dot", Portman's reps told TheWrap. Should the deal be finalised, she'll play a successful astronaut who returns home - presumably to fantastic fanfare - only to experience a weird change in personality; perhaps the result of a very real phenomenon that occurs after a person is stuck in space for long periods of time. The project, which had originally tapped Reese Witherspoon as its star, is, instead, looking at a headliner in Natalie Portman, who's logged plenty of space time in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family - a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space - and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out. Sounds like it gets into psychological thriller territory, something Portman can exceed at as anyone who has seen Black Swan knows. Hawley has an idea for the fourth season of FX's Fargo, but recently revealed that the show won't return to the network until 2019.More news: 'Flight of the Conchords' special planned for May on HBO
The Legally Blonde beauty had originally signed up to star in and produce the project in 2015, but filming was postponed until early 2018 due to screenwriter-turned-director Noah Hawley's busy schedule.More news: Constellation Brands Inc (STZ) Position Maintained by Capital World Investors
As per Variety, producers hope to cast Portman's co-stars soon, and start shooting sometime in the spring.More news: 'Scandal,' 'How to Get Away With Murder' crossover planned for spring
Portman's next film, the sci-fi flick "Annihilation", opens February 23.