First Official Trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated October 28th, 2011 at 2:38 pm,

Black Swan trailer First Official Trailer for Darren Aronofskys Black Swan

Fox Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for Black Swan. The film has been selected to open the 2010 Venice Film Festival on September 1st.

Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, an accomplished ballerina whose artistic director, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) has selected her as the lead in his company’s upcoming production of “Swan Lake.” An obstacle soon presents itself in the form of Lily (Mila Kunis), a rival dancer whose evocative and sensual performance style perfectly mirrors Nina’s innocence and grace.

The two ballerinas eventually form a destructive friendship that encourages Nina to get in touch with her darker side – in order to compete with Lily. Nina begins a descent into madness as it becomes unclear whether or not the mysterious Lily actually exists.

The cheerful film (heh) was directed by Darren Aronofsky, whose previous directorial effort The Wrestler not only won the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Film Festival – but served as a comeback vehicle for bad boy actor Mickey Rourke.

Black Swan was scripted by Mark Heyman and relative newcomer Andres Heinz.

Check out the first trailer for the supernatural drama below:

The plot of Black Swan contains shades of both Aronofsky’s Kafkaesque thriller Pi and his painfully somber breakout film, Requiem For A Dream. Visually, the ballet drama looks grittier in style – more like The Wrestler and less like the director’s foray into fantasy, The Fountain.

Consider this a definite contender for the upcoming awards season – especially Portman in the acting category.

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Whether Black Swan will reach a broader audience than Aronofsky’s previous films remains to be seen – since the film’s disturbing subject matter will likely discourage some moviegoers from seeing it.

I will certainly be in line to check it out when it opens.

Black Swan will be released in theaters in the U.S. on December 1st, 2010.

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  1. Looks bloody fantastic. I love Aronofsky’s films with the exception of The Fountain (confusing and a mess rather than profound or fascinating IMHO) – Requiem of a Dream is a firm favourite of mine so I’ll see ANYTHING he makes.

    It’s weird how an initially uninteresting general plot i.e. two rival ballerinas can be made into some really interesting and eye-catching.

    Can’t wait for this one.

  2. this one looks pretty good, i’ll have to check it out

  3. I’ll watch anything aronofsky does and this looks really good. A lot darker and twisted than i was thinking when it first was announced.

  4. The music/score kinda sounds like the ‘fargo’ i’m wondering if carter burwell is scoring this.

    • @ sully311

      It’s actually Clint Mansell who is composing the score for Black Swan – I believe the only movie directed by Aronofsky that he didn’t score was Pi, since that was mostly a glorified, low-budget student film.

      I love his music for The Fountain in particular – say what you will about the film, Mansell produced a gorgeous soundtrack for that one.

      • As a matter of fact, Mansell did score Pi: almost all of the electronica used was written by Mansell.

  5. Things in the trailer that instantly made me want to check it out”

    Written & Directed by Darren Aronofsky
    It feutures what looks like Oscar worthy performances from the cast (incliding, to everyone’s surprise, Mila Kunis)
    As a psychological thriller, it looks like it will magnificantly go into WTF! territory
    And finally, Kunis and Portman getting it on.

    • A solid performance by Mila Kunis is no surprise. She is an underrated actress on the rise. She has had to overcome the stereotye that always comes with an actress that gets a start in TV doing a sitcom….nobody wants to accept or see them in any other role, which is unfortuante. But she is doing a great job of developing her career doing very solid work for Producer Judd Apatow and moving on by working with the likes fo Mike Judge and the Hughes Brothers.

  6. Yeah the music in. The fountain is really sic.

  7. Can’t wait for this movie Darren Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors ever since I first say Requiem For A Dream. And Clint Mansell always makes a great soundtrack!

    Plus, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis have a “scene” in it that makes it all the better haha. No but really Portman can definitely be a contender for the Oscars!

  8. I’m with you guys.

  9. Cannot wait! This looks really interesting and I love Natalie Portman. I like Mila Kunis and have been wanting to see her in a breakout role because I think she is a decent actress. Darren Aronofsky alone would make me want to see this – The Fountain was confusing but I liked it after watching it a second time.

  10. This looks like a fancified Showgirls :-) Haha.

  11. Ok so this looks freaking amazing. Definitely a movie I have to check out. It’s like Fight Club meets the ballet in a weird sort of way. Aronofsky is a genius. I’m looking forward to Natalie Portman getting plenty of nominations.

  12. You had me at Kunis and Portman making out.

  13. Looks trippy, chilling, emotional…everything I want in my last-quarter Golden Globe shoe-in.

    • Golden Globe? Please, this has Oscar written all over it.

  14. The Fountain is one of the most under rated films of all time, ts breath taking. This looks good too.

  15. The more I see of this movie, the more excited I am to see it! Can’t wait! Thanks for posting this new trailer!

  16. Man, the description sounded like snoresville but that trailer sent chills down my spine. Definitely will be looking forward to this.

  17. I’m gonna watch it for sure!!!

  18. I think she’ll grow wings sort of like ‘Angel’ in X-Men 3. Its evident from the last scene in the trailer where she’s plucking something(feather?….) frm her back.