Natalie Portman Circles Sci-Fi Project from ‘Ex Machina’ Director

By May 8, 2015

Director Alex Garland’s film Ex Machina was an unqualified success, having received near-universal acclaim from critics worldwide. Now, the director’s next film may have found the star to anchor it.

According to Variety, Natalie Portman is in talks to star in Garland’s film Annihilation, based off of the 2014 novel by author Jeff VanderMeer that begins his Southern Reach Trilogy. In Annihilation, a group of four scientists from different disciplines journey into “Area X,” a part of the world that’s cut off from the rest of civilization. This new team of explorers is engaging the 12th expedition to the area, with the previous journeys having been fraught with a series of problems including suicides, mysterious and aggressive cancers, disappearances, and mental trauma.

The critical success of Ex Machina has apparently caused an interest in big stars to work with Garland on this film, with Tilda Swinton and Julianne Moore apparently interested in a supporting role alongside Portman. Casting for the other roles won’t be initiated, though, until Paramount Pictures locks Portman into a deal, which is dependent on starting no later than the beginning of 2016. This doesn’t seem like a massive roadblock, though, as the report indicates the studio’s confidence in ultimately reaching a deal.

For more on Annihilation as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.