Clearly someone’s career and life is red-hot right now. Not only has the now engaged and pregnant Natalie Portman garnered Oscar buzz and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Black Swan; but following the release of the trailers for No Strings Attached (with Ashton Kutcher), Thor and Your Highness comes a fourth trailer in as many weeks featuring the actress. This time it’s for upcoming comedy/drama The Other Woman (which was shelved since 2009). The official synopsis for the film is as follows according to the studio behind the movie, IFC Films:
The radiant Natalie Portman lights up the screen in this frank, funny, and heart-wrenching adaptation of bestselling author Ayelet Waldman’s novel about life, loss, and family directed by Don Roos.
Emilia (Portman) is a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack (Scott Cohen), a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss – and married – when she began working at his law firm. Unfortunately, her life takes an unexpected turn when Jack and Emilia lose their newborn daughter. Emilia struggles through her grief to connect with her new stepson William (Charlie Tahan), but is finding it hard to connect with this precocious child. Perhaps the most difficult obstacle of all for Emilia is trying to cope with the constant interferences of her husband’s angry, jealous ex-wife, Carolyn (Lisa Kudrow).
The trailer and story screams more Oscar bait after her much lauded performance in Black Swan but with the release being set for February 4th, 2011, can the performance be strong enough to remain in the minds of voters when the 2012 Academy Awards rolls around?