Pale Blue Dot, Natalie Portman

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Space is the place to be right now. Ryan Gosling has "First Man." Sean Penn has "The First." And now Natalie Portman has "Pale Blue Dot."

Reese Witherspoon was attached to star in "Pale Blue Dot," until scheduling conflicts arose with "Big Little Lies" Season 2. So the film swapped one Oscar winner for another. (What, like it's hard?)

Natalie Portman just shared the first look at her character via Instagram, showing astronaut Lucy Cola in full NASA jumpsuit regalia. (See below.)

"Pale Blue Dot" co-stars Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens, and Zazie Beetz. The story follows Lucy as she returns to Earth after a mission to outer space. According to Variety, "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."

Apparently there's a love triangle angle, and once her affair with a fellow astronaut comes to an end, Lucy beings to lose touch with reality.

According to ET, the movie is loosely based on the real-life "astronaut love triangle" story. When NASA captain and naval flight officer Lisa Nowak returned from a mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 2006, her boyfriend Bill Oefelein broke up with her and began to date U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman. It got very ugly.

Here's Portman all suited up:


In character as Lucy Cola. ?: @hilstills #sneakpeek

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"Pale Blue Dot" marks the feature film directorial debut for "Fargo" and "Legion" boss Noah Hawley. It also stars Ellen Burstyn, Colman Domingo, and Jeremiah Birkett. There's no release date at this point.

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