Since 2002's Mr. Deeds (and an incident with shoplifting), Winona Ryder kept herself quietly busy with indie fare like Sex and Death 101 and The Informers — until she played Spock's mother in Star Trek.
Now Ryder has signed on to star in Darren Aronofsky's supernatural thriller Black Swan, according to THR. Set in the world of New York's ballet scene, Black Swan follows a dancer (Natalie Portman) whose rival (Mila Kunis) may be a figment of the her imagination. Ryder will play an older dancer. Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassell are also joining the cast in unspecified roles.
Black Swan, which starts production in New York at the end of the year, has a script by Aronofsky and Mark Heyman. Fox Searchlight, who distributed Aronofsky's The Wrestler, is negotiating to co-finance and distribute the movie.
Ryder can be seen next in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which opens in limited release later this month. Posted 11.10.09 by Ryan
For the uninitiated, Cowboy Bebop is a popular Japanese anime series that told the story of a group of rag-tag bounty hunters or "cowboys" traveling through the cosmos in their ship, the Bebop. The 26-episode series, which was popular in Japan and in the United States, spawned a feature film that was released worldwide.
When it was announced that a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie adaptation was in the works, the overall reaction of fans was positive, especially when Keanu Reeves was attached to play Spike, the lead character. Since then, however, there has been little to no news. According to Reeves, who spoke with MTV while promoting The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, the delay is due, at least in part, to the need to retool the screenplay.
There's a draft of the script, but the writer did such a great job [that] in order to make the movie, you would need half a billion dollars. The studio kind of just went, "This movie is fantastic and it would cost half a billion dollars," so he's doing a rewrite.
When asked what other characters from the animated series might be appearing in the film, Reeves simply said, "Everyone is there." Posted 09.23.09 by BrentJS