Natalie Portman and director Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits) appear to have hit it off. Last week, we saw them collaborate on the music video for the James Blake song “My Willing Heart,” a black and white short as beautiful as it is touching, showing a heavily pregnant Portman connecting with her unborn child in some downright amazing underwater photography. Now, after giving birth on February 22nd, she’s already back in the saddle to play the lead in Holmer’s next production, Bronco Belle, summarized as “Rocky on a bull.”
The film follows Raylene Jackson, a female bull rider described as a “vulnerable and determined American woman with a chip on her shoulder,” who’s struggling to be taken seriously in an extremely male-dominated sport. Indiewire goes on to report that Khurram Longi is on script duties and that “interest is already there” – and so it should be! After all, who wouldn’t want to see Natalie Portman in cowboy gear straddling a snorting, furious, out of control bull?
The actress is riding high at the moment, having recently received an Oscar nomination for her work in Pablo Larrain’s acclaimed biopic of Jackie Kennedy. She’s also starring in Terrence Malick’s romantic drama Song to Song, in which she appears with Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara.
We don’t know much else about Bronco Belle at the moment, but with Portman and Holmer both attached, expectations are high. You’ll hear more as soon as we have it.