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Pale Blue Dot starring Natalie Portman to film in California and Louisiana.

Variety recently revealed that The Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman was in talks to replace Reese Witherspoon in Fox Searchlight’s Pale Blue Dot. A sci-fi drama with Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley set to direct.

Witherspoon had to leave the project due to the filming schedule of season two of HBO’s Big Little Lies but will still produce the project.

A successful female astronaut who, after coming back home from a mission in space, starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly perfect American dream life. 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.

According to reports, Pale Blue Dot is expected to film in California and Louisiana as the states offer appealing tax incentives that could stretch the science fiction film’s budget. Noah and Searchlight are eyeing a production start sometime in June.

Fox Searchlight has yet to give the film an official release date.

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