All Genres: Drama, Thriller
Release Year: 2010
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writing by: Mark Heyman – (screenplay) and
Andres Heinz – (screenplay) and
John J. McLaughlin – (screenplay) (as John McLaughlin)
Andres Heinz – (story)
Produced by: Jon Avnet – executive producer
Brad Fischer – executive producer
Scott Franklin – producer
Jerry Fruchtman – co-producer (as Gerald Fruchtman)
Peter Fruchtman – executive producer
Ari Handel – executive producer
Mike Medavoy – producer
Arnold Messer – producer
Brian Oliver – producer
Jennifer Roth – executive producer
Rick Schwartz – executive producer
Tyler Thompson – executive producer
David Thwaites – executive producer
Cast: Natalie Portman – Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen
Mila Kunis – Lily / The Black Swan
Vincent Cassel – Thomas Leroy / The Gentleman
Barbara Hershey – Erica Sayers / The Queen
Winona Ryder – Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan
Benjamin Millepied – David / The Prince
Ksenia Solo – Veronica / Little Swan
Kristina Anapau – Galina / Little Swan
Janet Montgomery – Madeline / Little Swan
Sebastian Stan – Andrew / Suitor
Toby Hemingway – Tom / Suitor
Music: Clint Mansell
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A thriller that zeros in on the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer and a rival.
Plot: Nina (Portman) is 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 obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (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 – a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Trivia: There are 14 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Vincent Cassel has compared his character to George Balanchine, who co-founded New York City Ballet. The actor said Balanchine was "a control freak, a true artist using sexuality to direct his dancers".
- Meryl Streep was considered to play Erica, Nina's mother.
- Blake Lively auditioned for the role of Lilly.