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Darren Aronofsky is easily one of the best filmmakers working today. Though he has only made four films since 1998, it's obvious that he uses his time to perfect the projects he is working on. So when it was announced that he would be making The Black Swan with Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel, there was no reason to believe that it would be anything less than extraordinary. If the first trailer is any indication, he hasn't dissapointed.
Apple has posted the first trailer for the film and it's a beautiful mix of pure horror and beauty with Aronofsky's fingerprints all over it. It starts fairly simply, Portman recounting a dream of a girl turning into a swan, and scenes of her practicing steps. But as soon as Mila Kunis arrives the whole thing takes a much darker turn and unveils the true tone of the film. Be warned: the final image is a bit shocking.
Check out the trailer below or in HD over at Apple.
The Black Swan will arrive in theaters on December 1st. Get a frame by frame breakdown of the trailer from Josh right here.
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.