Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ Fills Out with Cassel, Ryder and Hershey

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Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey

Slash Film is reporting Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey will join Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in Black Swan, the follow-up film for The Wrestler director, Darren Aronosfky.

The film centers on Nina, a talented ballerina (Portman) in the New York City Ballet who is tormented by a rival who might or might not be a figment of the dancer’s imagination. Kunis would play the rival, Lilly, with strange occurrences between the two increasing as they prepare for a big performance.

Slash reports Ryder will play Beth, Nina’s “sort of friend” who has been the school’s running lead in all the productions, but who is nearing the end of her career. All the dancers are aiming to take her place as Odette, the Swan Queen, in the next big ballet: Swan Lake. Cassel will be playing the “handsome but sinister Yevna,” the director of the new stage production. And Hershey will play Nina’s mother.

To this point the supernatural thriller does not have distribution with production expected to begin shortly in New York City.