6 nuggets from 'Lucy in the Sky,' the new Natalie Portman movie trailer
The Oscar-winning actress goes up in space for her latest starring role – and comes back to Earth a very different person.
For Lucy Cola, the lead character in the upcoming movie "Lucy in the Sky," things start to fall off the rails pretty quickly. The astronaut, played by Oscar-winning Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman, has fallen in love with her colleague Mark, played by Jon Hamm (whom you might have recently seen opposite Gal Gadot in "Keeping Up with the Joneses") and loses her connection with her family and, eventually, reality. When she returns home from her space mission, she seeks out Mark and the woman he started seeing, who's also a fellow astronaut. What happens next is, well, made for the movies.
The trailer (above) was released today; no word yet on when the full movie will be released. But in the meantime, we thought we'd take a look at some nuggets from the trailer:
The movie is loosely inspired by a real-life astronaut love triangle.
Lisa Nowak was accused of driving 900 miles to confront her former lover, Bill Oefelein, and his new girlfriend, Colleen Shipman, in 2007. The story made headlines worldwide and was dubbed 'the astronaut love triangle.' (Photo: NASA/Getty Images)
The plot of "Lucy in the Sky" sounds like something right out of Hollywood's brain trust, until you look a little closer; it actually draws inspiration from a bizarre real-life headline-grabbing love triangle-turned-cross-country-kidnapping plot. In 2007, astronaut Lisa Nowak drove 900 miles from Houston to Orlando with a knife, a BB gun and an adult diaper in order to confront her former lover, fellow astronaut Bill Oefelein, and his new girlfriend, Colleen Shipman. Nowak was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to burglary and misdemeanor battery. She was sentenced to two days in jail and a year’s probation, and fired from NASA. And her intended targets, Shipman and Oefelein, married in 2010 and had a son.
The movie wasn't originally titled 'Lucy in the Sky.'
Noah Hawley's PALE BLUE DOT is now titled LUCY IN THE SKY. Release date is still TBA. Pic stars Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz.— Exhibitor Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) December 21, 2018
Indeed, "Lucy in the Sky" began filming under the title "Pale Blue Dot." It was changed around December 2018 for unspecified reasons.
Natalie Portman was not originally tapped for the starring role.
That would be Reese Witherspoon, who had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with season 2 of her HBO series "Big Little Lies." Witherspoon still stays on as a producer for "Lucy," though.
This is director Noah Hawley's first time directing a feature film.
Noah Hawley is best known for being the creator of "Fargo" and "Legion," two series on FX. He's also a prolific novelist and penned the script for the feature film "Lies and Alibis." He created, executive produced and served as showrunner for ABC's "My Generation" and "The Unusuals," and was a writer and producer on the hit series "Bones."
Lucy's got some serious hair #inspo.
From what we can glean from the trailer, "Lucy in the Sky" is set in the 1980s. Our first clue was Portman's hairstyle, which looked strangely familiar, especially when paired with the blue NASA suit. And then it hit us – she's supposed to look like Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. And since it's National Women's History Month, we're considering this discovery a celebration of one of the most remarkable women in history.
The film also features comedians Nick Offerman and Tig Notaro in supporting roles ...
... which we're pretty sure means it's going to include some funny scenes. Here's hoping!
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