A psychological thriller placed in the world of New York ballet, BLACK LEAGUE has as protagonist Natalie Portman in the role of Nina, a dancer who wakes up caught in a clutter of competitive intrigue with the new rival from the company (Mila Kunis).
A Fox Searchlight Pictures release under the guise of the visionary director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) BLACK LEAGUE follows a thrilling and sometimes terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose main role of Queen-Swan turns out to be one for which it becomes terribly perfect.
BLACK LEAGUE follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York ballet company, whose life, like everyone in this industry, is completely consumed by dancing. She lives with her mother, Erica, former ballerina (Barbara Hershey), who earnestly supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) for opening the new season, Swan Lake, Nina is the first choice. But Nina competes: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who also impresses Leroy. “Swan Lake” requires a dancer who can play both Swan with Innocence and Grace, and Black Swan that is cunning and sensual. Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, but Lily is the personality of the Black Swan. While the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a sickly friendship, Nina begins to discover her dark side, with an unconsciousness that threatens to destroy her.
Presented by Fox Searchlight Pictures in conjunction with Cross Creek Pictures, a production of Prøtøzøa and Phoenix Pictures, BLACK LIGHT is directed by Darren Aronofsky after a script by Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz and John McLaughlin and a story by Andrés Heinz. The film is produced by Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Oliver Brian and Scott Franklin, with executive producers Bradley J. Fischer, Ari Handel, Tyler Thompson, Peter Fruchtman, Rick Schwartz, Jon Avnet, David Thwaites and Jennifer Roth.
The crew includes Matthew Libatique (Iron Man 2), scenographer Thérèse DePrez (Howl), editor Andrew Weisblum, (Fantastic Mr. Fox), Clint Mansell (The Fountain), Jim Black (Wackness) and Gabe Hilfer (The Wrestler), ballet choreography