What happens after two sisters experience a massive traumatic event during their teenage years? That’s what Natalie Portman’s latest film, “Vox Lux,” is about to explore. On Thursday (Oct. 25), the first official trailer for the upcoming film was released. The two-and-a-half-minute clip begins with Portman’s character Celeste, a Lady Gaga-esque pop star, sitting down with a reporter for an interview.
The purpose of the interview is to thrust her back into the spotlight as she makes a triumphant return to the stage following an “accident.”
“But that’s what this show is about. It’s about rebirth,” she explains to the reporter in a nonchalant manner.
The trailer then shifts to Celeste on stage talking to an adoring, and sold-out crowd who are just as equally decked out in sequins and black eyeliner as she is. “People have been trying to take me down for years….but I won’t stay down!” she declares as the cheers drown her out.
While we see her huge pop star persona while she’s on stage, the viewer also gets a glimpse at the volatile person she becomes once the stage lights go dim. The trailer finds her throwing a tantrum in her dressing room, slamming her hand on a table when a fan asks for picture, and asking somewhat politely that the paparazzi leave her alone. All the while, her own teenage daughter is concerned for her well-being.
“Mom, I’m worried about you.”
The trailer comes to a close with a montage of Celeste both as a child and now on stage as her haunting final words are heard: “They wanted a show. I gave them a show.”
Watch the complete trailer for the upcoming film above.
The synopsis for the film reads: “Vox Lux begins in 1999 when teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe — while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.”
“Vox Lux” was written and directed by Bradley Corbet. Rounding out the film’s cast are Stacy Martin as Celeste’s sister; Jude Law as Celeste’s manager; Jennifer Ehle as her no-nonsense publicist; and Willem Dafoe as the film’s narrator. The film also features pop songs written by Sia and sung by Portman herself.
“Vox Lux” is due out on Dec. 7 in New York and Los Angeles while its wide theatrical release will happen a week later on Dec. 14.