Natalie Portman: ‘No one would make Leon today’

Natalie Portman is convinced her breakout movie Leon: The Professional would never get made today.The Oscar-winning actress was 13 when she landed the lead role in Luc Besson’s 1994 action thriller, with the film also starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman…

Natalie Portman is convinced her breakout movie Leon: The Professional would never get made today.

The Oscar-winning actress was 13 when she landed the lead role in Luc Besson’s 1994 action thriller, with the film also starring Jean Reno and Gary Oldman.

But while Natalie had a blast playing a protegee of an assassin on set, she’s not sure the idea of an ultra-violent movie based around a teenager would get greenlit in 2019.

“I appreciate it when something connects with an audience,” she said in an interview with Empire. “It also gave me my career on a platter and was a 100 per cent a positive experience. I loved doing it. But you watch and it’s largely inappropriate.

“There’s a lot of stuff in there that’s not amazing through today’s eyes. I think because people are still connected to it and care about it and I personally did not have anything but positive feelings, I still feel more on the proud side. Even though I totally understand, I don’t know how I’d show that to my kids.”

Natalie and her ballet choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied are parents to seven-year-old son Aleph and two-year-old daughter Amalia.

And while the star has achieved mainstream success for her performances as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel films and features like Closer, Garden State, The Other Boleyn Girl, Black Swan and Jacqueline Kennedy biopic Jackie, she is adamant that Leon: The Professional is the flick that fans ask her the most questions about.

“It’s still the thing people come up to me the most on the street, even more than Star Wars or Black Swan,” the 37-year-old insisted.

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Chadwick Boseman tapped for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman follow-up Da 5 Bloods

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to star in Spike Lee’s next movie Da 5 Bloods.The director has been enjoying huge success with his most recent film BlacKkKlansman, which was nominated for six Oscars – including Best Picture and a no…

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to star in Spike Lee’s next movie Da 5 Bloods.

The director has been enjoying huge success with his most recent film BlacKkKlansman, which was nominated for six Oscars – including Best Picture and a nod for Lee as director.

And now he’s plotting his next move, after signing up to take the helm of Da 5 Bloods, which “follows Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence”, according to Variety.

The industry publication adds that Netflix is already in talks to distribute the film, which is based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, and a rewrite by Matthew Billingsly.

Lee is also set to produce the film with Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin and Jon Kilik.

Speaking about the upcoming project, Lee told Variety: “To quote my brother Jay-Z from Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn ‘On to Da Next One’.”

It’s expected that production on Da 5 Bloods could start as early as next month (Mar19) – following the Oscars and conclusion of Lee’s awards campaign for BlacKkKlansman.

Leon: The Professional actor Jean Reno and Get Shorty star Delroy Lindo are also said to be in negotiations to star in the film. Da 5 Bloods wouldn’t be the first time Lindo has teamed up with Lee – they have previously worked together on movies Clockers, Crooklyn and Malcolm X.

Like Lee, Boseman enjoyed a stellar 2018, following the release of Black Panther, in which he plays the title role. He’s gearing up for the release of Avengers: Endgame, which will see him reprise the character, and also recently finished shooting action flick 17 Bridges, in which he stars opposite Sienna Miller, J.K. Simmons, and Taylor Kitsch.

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