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Natalie Portman Sought For ‘Heathers’ Meets ‘Fight Club’ Project ‘Dare Me’

Natalie Portman Sought For 'Heathers' Meets 'Fight Club' Project 'Dare Me'

Natalie Portman may not have been seen on the big screen since “Thor” in 2011, but she’s got a slate of projects on the way. Of course, there’s the double dose of Terrence Malick projects waiting in the wings, and later this year “Thor: The Dark World,” while she’s currently shooting the troubled western “Jane Got A Gun.” It’s a diverse array of stuff, so what’s next? How about something described as “Heathers” meets “Fight Club“?

Deadline reports that Portman is being courted for an adaptation of Megan Abbott‘s novel “Dare Me.” The film centers on the heirarchy of a high school cheerleading squad, led by the commanding Beth, who finds her influence usurped with the arrival of a new coach. It’s a dark tale, and we’re not sure quite sure what role Portman is being offered, but probably a safe bet that it’s the new coach. But maybe those of you who have read the book can clue us in if there’s another significant role? Here’s the Amazon synopsis:

Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy’s best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they’re seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls — until the young new coach arrives.

Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach’s golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as “top girl” — both with the team and with Addy herself. 

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death — and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain. 

The Vow” director Michael Sucsy is attached to direct, but no word yet on where this might fall in his schedule, as he has a handful of developing projects.

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Barbara W

Sounds like a perfect medium for Portland. If she goes for it I will read the book. I think she is a great actress.


Enough already! I'm not buying it. I know this project is probably nothing special but people really need to stop offering Portman movie roles, she's much more suited for an NBC sitcom like Up All Night or something. Don't perpetuate the myth that she has any actual talent in the acting department, because she so clearly does not. This is coming from a once very loyal fan (I was in my teens, don't bite my head off), so, yeah… It kinda pains me to say that she's terrible, but she is. Black Swan only made it obvious, and her Oscar "win" nearly drove me nuts.

oogle monster

Portman is such a one-note actress.


I read the book last year – and it definitely is dark. The only role appropriate for Portman would be the coach, who has a sort of "Jean Brodie"-ish influence over all the cheerleaders (and, ultimately, gets a little too involved in some of their lives. Or they in hers. It's hard to say more without spoilers! The narrator of the book is Addy, one of the cheerleaders, but the coach looms large.


Seriously, can a woman not get hired to direct anything? Even female fight club goes to some hack dude that has way too much on his plate anyway ….

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