At the U.S. government’s Area X facility on a southern coast, cellular biology professor and former U.S. Army soldier Lena undergoes a quarantined debriefing about an expedition into an anomaly called “the Shimmer”, from which she and her husband are the only survivors.
Director: Alex Garland
Writers: Alex Garland, Jeff VanderMeer
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
Natalie Portman made her feature film debut in Léon: The Professional (1994), which co-starred Jean Reno and Gary Oldman. At the same time, she studied dancing and acting in New York, and starred in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) while still at high school in Long Island. In 1999, Portman enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology, alongside her work as an actress; she completed a bachelor’s degree in 2003. During her studies, she starred in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and opened in New York City’s The Pub.