Natalie Portman Set To Star In Ridley Scott’s Post-‘Alien: Covenant’ Project | Film News
With Xenomorphs looming and facehuggers crawling around in the dark as Alien: Covenant gets ready to arrive, Ridley Scott is already looking ahead to his next project. He’s currently finalising plans to direct the feature, All The Money In The World, a drama based on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.
The true story focuses on the kidnapping of John, and his mother Gail Harris‘ desperate attempt to convince his grandfather, John Paul Getty Sr. – once said to be the richest man in the world – to pay the ransom. Scott wants the role of Gail to be landed by Natalie Portman who’s reportedly close to signing. Angelina Jolie was at one point interested but was unable to sign due to a conflicting schedule.
Another rumoured star is Jack Nicholson, set to make a career comeback in the English language remake of Toni Erdmann, for the role of John Sr. No one has officially signed on yet; that will likely wait until after the release of Covenant, unless Scott wants to follow Denis Villeneuve‘s idea of being so entrenched in pre-production of his next film that he’s too distracted to be nervous on a pressure-packed release date.
The All The Money In The World script has been on the Hollywood Black List for a while, a list of the best unproduced screenplays. It is written by David Scarpa (2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still). It seems destined to be a hit in our contemporary world where stranger-than-fiction stories are hitting it big on both the small screen and silver screen, in both narrative and documentary form.
With Scott behind the camera, and hopefully Portman in front of it, expect big things.