A new trailer has arrived for the upcoming drama Vox Lux, led by Natalie Portman.
The Oscar winner could find herself up for another nomination with this one, playing Celeste, a 31-year-old popstar and mother trying to balance a career and teen daughter, and a new act of violence that demands her attention. The latter point is important, as the first half of the film begins with Celeste as a teenager, when she and her sister compose a song about their experience in a high school shooting. The song goes viral, kicking of Celeste’s musical career.
It looks like a fascinating, ambitious film, one that should benefit from a big performance by Portman. Vox Lux has seen some highly positive reviews on the film festival circuit, so here’s hoping it’s as unique an experience as it looks. The original songs, by the way, have been crafted by popstar Sia and that’s really Portman singing the track “Wrapped Up” in the trailer. It certainly serves as a very different angle on the music industry provided in another recent music-oriented film with a potential Best Actress nominee: A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
Vox Lux, also starring Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin and Christopher Abbott, will be opening in the US in limited release on December 7 before going wide on December 14.
Official synopsis for Vox Lux:
VOX LUX begins in 1999 when teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe — while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.