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Natalie Portman Replaces Rooney Mara in Brady Corbet’s Pop Star Drama ‘Vox Lux,’ Filming Begins in February

The Oscar winner will star opposite Jude Law in Corbet's follow-up to "The Childhood of a Leader."

Natalie Portman arrives at the LA Dance Project Annual Gala and Unveiling of New Company Space, in Los AngelesLA Dance Project Annual Gala and Unveiling of New Company Space, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Oct 2017

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Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux” is moving forward with Natalie Portman replacing Rooney Mara in the starring role, Variety reports. Additionally, Bold Films is partnering with Andrew Lauren Productions (ALP) to finance and produce the picture. The movie is Corbet’s first since breaking out as a director with “The Childhood of a Leader,” which premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival and won two prizes.

“Vox Lux” takes place over 15 years as it tracks the rise of a young woman who overcomes a national tragedy and becomes an international pop star. Filming will begin on February 1 in New York City. Jude Law is set to appear in a supporting role, while the soundtrack will feature original songs from Sia.

“I was mesmerized by the scope and vision of Brady’s first film, ‘Childhood of a Leader,’” said ALP principal Andrew Lauren. “I don’t think Brady is of this century. His work is more reminiscent of a Sergei Eisenstein or Fritz Lang. When you sit with him, his encyclopedic knowledge of film is intimidating and his passion is infectious.”

ALP is also the company behind Claire Denis’ English-language debut “High Life,” starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, and André Benjamin. Portman can next be seen in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation,” in theaters February 23, and she’s playing the lead in Anna Rose Helmer’s bull-riding drama “Bronco Belle.”

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