Natalie Portman may star in Wachowskis' next movie -- She's in talks to play the damsel in distress in the ''Matrix'' team's ''V for Vendetta''

By Gary Susman
January 05, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

Just because Natalie Portman has wrapped her role as Mrs. Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars movies doesn’t mean she’s out of the sci-fi epic business. Variety reports that she’s in talks to star in V for Vendetta, the latest production from Matrix trilogy filmmakers Larry and Andy Wachowski. Like those movies, V is the story of a guerilla rebellion against totalitarian forces in a post-apocalyptic future. Portman would play the heroine, a young woman who finds herself rescued from the secret police and sheltered by a mysterious man in a porcelain mask who stages elaborately theatrical acts of resistance against the despotic English government.

The Wachowskis wrote the screenplay, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, whose work has been adapted to film in From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and the forthcoming Watchmen. The brothers’ longtime assistant director, James McTeigue, who also worked with Portman as an assistant director on this spring’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, will direct V, with the Wachowskis serving as producers. Shooting on the Warner Bros. film begins in March in Berlin, with an eye toward a year-end release.