Noah Hawley to write and direct next Star Trek movie

Noah Hawley is in talks to write and direct the next Star Trek film. The Lucy in the Sky director is reportedly in final talks with executives at Paramount Pictures to create the fourth instalment in the current film franchise, which stars Chris Pine …

Noah Hawley is in talks to write and direct the next Star Trek film.

The Lucy in the Sky director is reportedly in final talks with executives at Paramount Pictures to create the fourth instalment in the current film franchise, which stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Captain Kirk and Spock, respectively, according to Deadline.

If the deal is done, Hawley will also produce through his 26 Keys production banner alongside J.J. Abrams, who directed the first two films in the franchise – 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness – and his Bad Robot company.

Paramount executives have been developing a fourth instalment since the release of 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, which was directed by Justin Lin. S.J. Clarkson was attached to direct the movie, making her the first woman to direct a Star Trek film, but negotiations with Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who portrays his father, fell apart in summer 2018.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the contracts for the main cast – which also includes Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg – had run out and more expensive deals were on the table. The project was subsequently shelved.

Paramount bosses are also working on a separate spin-off with Quentin Tarantino, who told Empire magazine that his project would be R-rated.

“There’s a script that exists for it now. I need to weigh in on it, but I haven’t been able to do that yet,” he added.

Hawley is best known for creating and serving as showrunner on Marvel TV series Legion and crime anthology series Fargo. He made his feature directorial debut earlier this year with Lucy with the Sky, which starred Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Dan Stevens. He is currently producing the fourth season of Fargo, which features Chris Rock.

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Noah Hawley originally turned down directing Lucy in the Sky

Noah Hawley originally turned down directing Lucy in the Sky because he thought the real-life inspiration for the story wasn’t interesting enough.The film follows the story of astronaut Lucy Cola, played by Oscar winner Natalie Portman, who begins to…

Noah Hawley originally turned down directing Lucy in the Sky because he thought the real-life inspiration for the story wasn’t interesting enough.

The film follows the story of astronaut Lucy Cola, played by Oscar winner Natalie Portman, who begins to lose touch with reality and her sanity as she embarks on a devastating affair with a fellow officer, portrayed by Jon Hamm, after she returns to Earth following a long trip into space.

It was based on the real-life story of NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, who drove across the U.S. to try and kidnap Cathleen Shipman, the new girlfriend of her lover, William Oefelein, back in 2007.

However, when it was pitched to Hawley, he wasn’t interested in Nowak’s story, so ultimately passed on the project, but it was producer Reese Witherspoon that convinced him to come back onboard.

“I wasn’t terribly interested in a literal telling of the story, and so it kind of fell off my radar,” he told Deadline. “Then Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea brought in another writer, John-Henry Butterworth who did a draft that began to introduce the magic realism and the more psychological elements and it became less of a literal telling and more of a fictional examination of the story of an astronaut who goes to space and has this explosive experience and a very hard time kind of re-fitting back into her life when she comes home.”

Hawley is full of praise for his leading lady, and said the mother-of-two was “remarkable” playing tormented astronaut Lucy Cola.

“I mean, Natalie’s performance of course is the real headline of this movie and the transformation that she goes through and the sort of bravado and assuredness and the charm and the swagger that she carries through this film and then the kind of degradation of her character as she begins to degrade when she loses control,” Hawley gushed. “It really is such a remarkable performance that Natalie gave.”

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Natalie Portman urges actresses to ‘share salary details’ in campaign for equal pay

Natalie Portman is keen for her fellow actresses to share details about their salaries to help each other negotiate pay.The Oscar-winning actress is championing equal pay in Hollywood, and has called on her peers to be more open when it comes to the “t…

Natalie Portman is keen for her fellow actresses to share details about their salaries to help each other negotiate pay.

The Oscar-winning actress is championing equal pay in Hollywood, and has called on her peers to be more open when it comes to the “taboo” surrounding their pay cheques.

“If we don’t talk to each other, we can’t share, we can’t get information, we can’t get angry and organise together,” Natalie told Elle magazine. “It’s actually really important to talk.”

Explaining the reasoning behind the initiative, the Lucy in the Sky star continued: “It’s actually a real way that we can help each other, to be like: ‘Hey, this is what I get paid. This is how I negotiated this.'”

Her comments come after the 38-year-old recently opened up about the adversity women face in society, explaining to Build Series how they’re often scrutinised more than their male counterparts, adding: “The same qualities that might be celebrated in one might be put down in another gender.”

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Natalie Portman feels ‘so lucky’ to work with Reese Witherspoon on Lucy in the Sky

Natalie Portman felt “so lucky” to work with Reese Witherspoon on her new movie Lucy in the Sky.The film, directed by Noah Hawley, follows the story of astronaut Lucy Cola, who begins to lose touch with reality and her sanity as she embarks on a devast…

Natalie Portman felt “so lucky” to work with Reese Witherspoon on her new movie Lucy in the Sky.

The film, directed by Noah Hawley, follows the story of astronaut Lucy Cola, who begins to lose touch with reality and her sanity as she embarks on a devastating affair with a fellow officer after she returns to Earth following a long trip into space.

It was loosely based on the real-life activities of astronaut Lisa Nowak, who drove across the U.S. to try and kidnap the new girlfriend of her lover, William Oefelein.

Portman opened up about how she felt working with fellow Oscar winner Witherspoon, who produced and kickstarted the project.

“Reese was very involved, she helped develop the script so I am very grateful to her for helping create this character and working on details of it with Noah during the development… it was so lucky,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

Witherspoon was originally set to star in the movie, alongside Jon Hamm and Dan Stevens, but eventually decided to step back and handed the leading lady reigns over the Portman instead.

“She’s such a powerhouse,” the Black Swan star gushed. “She’s producing and making work for a lot of us, so I’m very grateful and it was really lucky to get to have a friend to get to call up and be like, ‘What do you think about this? What’s your take on this? Why did you choose this?’ It was very lucky to have her insight.”

Lucy in the Sky is released in cinemas on 4 October.

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Natalie Portman addresses Lucy in the Sky diaper controversy

Natalie Portman has been left bemused after Lucy in the Sky viewers demanded to know why she doesn’t wear a diaper in the film.The Oscar-winning actress stars in the film as Lucy Cola, an “astronaut who returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with re…

Natalie Portman has been left bemused after Lucy in the Sky viewers demanded to know why she doesn’t wear a diaper in the film.

The Oscar-winning actress stars in the film as Lucy Cola, an “astronaut who returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small”.

One particular part of the tale saw Lucy wearing a diaper, which was omitted in the film and has led to backlash from some people – but Natalie admitted during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Friday, that she’s unsure why there has been such a strong reaction.

“The original story was that this woman drove across country to confront, or kidnap, depending on the version, her boyfriend and his new girlfriend,” Natalie explained. “And she wore a diaper so that she didn’t have to stop on the way. And we didn’t do that in the movie and everyone’s like, ‘Where’s the diaper?!’ Everyone is really upset to not see me in a diaper. I don’t know what that’s about?!”

When host Ellen joked that Natalie is wearing one in the film but viewers just can’t see it, the mother-of-two hit back by jesting that she was actually wearing a diaper during the interview.

Lucy in the Sky, which also stars Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, and Ellen Burstyn, is set to open in U.S. cinemas in October.

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Natalie Portman likes to try out ‘wild experiences’ on film

Natalie Portman has been deliberately choosing film roles which are completely different from her own life.The Black Swan star’s recent film roles have included Annihilation, in which she played a scientist investigating a mysterious quarantine zone,…

Natalie Portman has been deliberately choosing film roles which are completely different from her own life.

The Black Swan star’s recent film roles have included Annihilation, in which she played a scientist investigating a mysterious quarantine zone, Vox Lux, in which she portrayed a troubled popstar, and the upcoming Lucy in the Sky, in which she plays an astronaut who returns home after a transcendent experience in space and begins to lose touch with reality.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Natalie, who is mother to eight-year-old son Aleph and two-year-old daughter Amalia, explained she has been making a conscious effort to select parts that are far removed from her real life.

“I just feel weird if I’m at work pretending to be a mom to some kid who’s not my kid,” she said. “So, I’ve been trying out wild experiences like being an astronaut or a popstar.”

Natalie made her feature directorial debut in 2015 with A Tale of Love and Darkness and is keen to get behind the camera once again.

She is also in the early stages of writing a screenplay, and she tries to set aside time to work on the script once her children are asleep and she’s completed household tasks.

“I’ve been working a little bit, you know, I get the kids to bed, do the dishes, do the laundry, and then write for an hour,” the Oscar-winning actress explained.

In keeping with her desire to have “wild experiences”, it was recently announced that the 38-year-old would be playing the female Thor in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. She told her Instagram followers she was going to get “jacked” to reprise the role of Jane Foster.

Lucy in the Sky, which also stars Jon Hamm and Dan Stevens, is due to be released later this year.

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Natalie Portman keeps landing film roles which fulfil her childhood ambitions

Natalie Portman has joked that the only movie roles she’s now interested in are ones where she can live out her childhood dreams.The Black Swan star has had a packed schedule in recent months, starring in popstar movie Vox Lux and upcoming sci-fi dra…

Natalie Portman has joked that the only movie roles she’s now interested in are ones where she can live out her childhood dreams.

The Black Swan star has had a packed schedule in recent months, starring in popstar movie Vox Lux and upcoming sci-fi drama Lucy in the Sky, where she plays an astronaut.

Talking to Vogue Australia about her latest films, she laughed: “I feel like I’m getting to live out my childhood dreams through my roles: ballerina, singer, astronaut. It’s going to be my criteria now for choosing movies that I’m going to be playing – next I’ll be like a mermaid and a firewoman!”

In Vox Lux, Natalie stars as singer Celeste, who is propelled into the spotlight after surviving a school shooting.

She got to work with her dancer husband Benjamin Millepied on the film, who also helped her with the ballet choreography for Black Swan, an experience she relished.

“It was so fun. First of all, I don’t know how I would have done it without him, because he pretty much did it as a favour to me, because I had so little time before we started that I don’t think it would have been possible if we hadn’t been in the same home, to just able to fit in rehearsals whenever we had a moment,” she said. “That was really, really fun, and then also, of course, he’s amazing, and also knows my leg strengths and weaknesses, so he knows how to work around what I can and can’t do.

“Then the dancers were incredible; they had all come off of Beyonce’s tour. I mean, it took me a month of spending hours every day working on this stuff and they learned it like two days. It was really amazing. They were just the greatest women.”

The couple have two children; seven-year-old Aleph and Amalia, two.

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