Black Swan script
Black Swan (2010)
Synopsis: Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge.

Erica hugs Nina into her chest and kisses the top of her

head.

ERICA (CONT’D)

Sweet girl.

Erica releases her and Nina begins eating.

5 INT. SUBWAY TRAIN - DAY 5

Nina rides inside a crowded subway, staring absentmindedly at

her faint reflection in the train’s window.

Suddenly, another train roars by on the opposite track,

snapping her awake.

In the next train car, she sees the back of a BALLERINA

standing in the midst of the crowd. Her head bops to music

playing through iPod earphones.

Nina moves a strand of hair out of her eyes, and at that

exact moment, the girl in the next car moves in the same way.

Mirroring her.

Unnerved, Nina slowly lowers her arm. So does the other girl.

Although Nina can’t quite see her face, the girl seems

IDENTICAL from Nina’s vantage point.

4.

The train jerks to a stop as it arrives at a station. Nina

sees the girl head to the exit. She cranes to see her face,

but her view’s obscured.

The doors slide shut and the train pulls out. Nina watches

the platform whisk by, keeping her eyes peeled, but she

doesn’t see the girl.

6 OMITTED 6

7 EXT. LINCOLN CENTER - DAY 7

Nina emerges from the subway station onto a city street.

She arrives at the MAJESTIC-LOOKING THEATER, where a few

other BALLERINAS likewise trickle towards the entrance. They

all look strangely similar: slender, carrying shoulder bags,

wearing leggings and loose sweatshirts.

She passes a ROW OF POSTERS featuring the company’s prima

ballerina, BETH MACINTYRE.

Nina looks at them, a little envious, before continuing on to

the STAGE DOOR.

8 INT. SOLOIST DRESSING ROOM - DAY 8

Crammed into a single dressing room, Nina and the company’s 5

SOLOISTS get ready for rehearsal. Chatting, sewing ribbon

onto shoes, applying makeup, putting band-aids on blisters.

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Mark Heyman

Mark Heyman (born 1979) is an American screenwriter and film producer who is best known for co-writing Black Swan (2010) and The Skeleton Twins (2014). more…

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