Hot off a Golden Globe nom for her work in "Closer,"
Natalie Portman is in final negotiations to topline the Wachowski brothers'
"V Is for Vendetta," for Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver.
An adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel of the same name, action-heavy
script was penned by the "Matrix" scribes. Their longtime first
assistant director James McTeigue will make his helming debut on the pic.
The Wachowskis will produce "Vendetta" with Warners-based Silver.
"Vendetta" takes place in an alternate future in which Germany
wins WWII and Great Britain becomes a fascist state. A terrorist freedom
fighter known only as "V" begins a violent guerrilla campaign
to destroy those who've succumbed to totalitarianism, and recruits a young
woman he's rescued -- or possibly kidnapped --from the secret police to
McT eigue recently wrapped duties as first a.d.
on "Star Wars -- Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," where he
worked closely with Portman. Actress also recently starred in the critically
acclaimed "Garden State" for Fox Searchlight and Miramax.
Before "Vendetta" can start shooting in Berlin, Portman will
first need to wrap up her work on"Free Zone," from Israeli helmer
Amos Gitai ("11'09"01 -- September 11"). But insiders familiar
with the studio's plans say the first week of March has already been carved
out to start production, with a fall 2005 release planned.