Natalie Portman is in talks to join Fox Searchlight's astronaut drama Pale Blue Dot. Reese Witherspoon was originally attached to star in the movie but she ended up dropping out of it due to scheduling conflicts with the production of HBO's Big Little Lies Season 2.
This role in Pale Blue Dot seems like a great opportunity for any actress, so what's Whitherspoon's loss is Portman's gain. The movie is being directed by Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion) and this is the synopsis:
Pale Blue Dot follows a successful female astronaut who, after coming back home from a mission in space, starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly perfect American dream life. The film explores the theory that astronauts who spend long periods of time in space begin to lose their sense of reality when they return home.
This is definitely a fascinating concept to explore and with Noah Hawley at the helm, I'm sure he'll do a great job telling the story that he is looking to tell. On top of that, this is a great role for Portman that she would be amazing in.