No one plays unhinged quite like Natalie Portman, and she’s got another doozy on tap, judging by the first trailer for “Lucy in the Sky” (watch above).
The Oscar winner plays Lucy Cola, an astronaut who loses grip with reality upon her return to Earth and soon starts an affair with another astronaut, Mark (Jon Hamm). “I go up there and see the whole universe and everything here looks so small,” Lucy says in the clip over a shot of her and Mark bowling with a ball painted like Earth. Subtle, guys.
Portman adopts a Southern accent and dons a short wig that looks like the follicular love child of her ‘do in “The Professional” (1994) and Claire Foy‘s bob in “First Man.” As Lucy further unravels, the teaser ends with Lucy running from police and a shot of her in a room (therapy session?) in which she tells someone off-camera that she’s “fine.” Needless to say, she is not.
The film is loosely based on the real-life story of Lisa Nowak, a former astronaut who, in 2007, drove 900 miles from Houston to Orlando with a knife, rope, pepper spray, a BB gun and space diapers to confront her ex-lover, astronaut Bill Oefelein, and his new girlfriend.
“Lucy in the Sky” marks the feature film directorial debut of “Fargo” and “Legion” showrunner Noah Hawley, who has infused this film with the same trippiness he has with “Legion” (albeit less colorful). Hawley also co-wrote the script with Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. The cast includes “Legion” star Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz and Ellen Burstyn.
Will “Lucy in the Sky” bring Portman her fourth Oscar nomination? Too early to say, but the teaser at least has the same haunting moodiness as “Arrival” (2016). Though we all know what happened with Amy Adams. Then again, Portman tends to get nominations every six years — “Closer” (2004), “Black Swan” (2010) and “Jackie” (2016) — so if that trend continues, she’s still three years out.
“Lucy in the Sky” will hit theaters later this year.