Whoa. The first trailer has arrived online for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, and it is both mesmerizing and unsettling. The movie stars Natalie Portman as a professional ballerina whose life starts spinning out of control when a new dancer (Mila Kunis) joins the group and competes with her for the lead role in an upcoming production. Don’t be put off by the idea that this is a movie about ballet; much like The Wrestler, this is only a backdrop for a dark and twisted character study. The movie looks like it goes to some pretty dark places, and the suspense created just within these two minutes alone is palpable.
This is also a chance for Mila Kunis to prove that she can do something more than comedy (although I suppose she did star in American Psycho 2), and with a supporting cast that also includes Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder, it looks like she may pull it off. I’m definitely getting a Polanski or even a Kubrick vibe from this, and I think it’s safe to say that Black Swan has just clinched the top of my list of most anticipated flicks at TIFF this year. Black Swan hits select theatres on December 1st; check out the trailer in HD over at Apple.com or watch an embedded version after the jump.