Natalie Portman is in talks to replace Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming film “Pale Blue Dot” at Fox Searchlight.
“Fargo” and “Legion” creator Noah Hawley helms the film which will follow 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.
Witherspoon left the role in November because of a schedule conflict with the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” but will still produce the film with Bruna Papandrea. Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi penned the script.
Filming aims to begin in the Spring once Hawley wraps production on the second season of FX’s “Legion”