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.

Nina removes a new pair of BALLET SHOES, admires them for a

moment, before cutting off the satin toe with scissors.

In the background, catty VERONICA and Russian GALINA gossip.

VERONICA:

Can’t believe she’s back.

GALINA:

Of course she is.

VERONICA:

She can’t take a hint? Company’s

broke. No one comes to see her

anymore.

SOLOIST 1

No one comes to see ballet period.

5.

VERONICA:

That’s not true, I heard the Royal

had one of their best seasons yet.

GALINA:

He needs to try something new.

VERONICA:

No, someone new.

SOLOIST 1

Like who?

VERONICA:

Like someone who’s not approaching

menopause.

They snicker.

NINA:

I think it’s sad.

VERONICA:

What’s sad?

NINA:

Beth’s such an amazing dancer.

GALINA:

So’s my grand-mother.

NINA:

Fonteyn danced into her 50’s...

VERONICA:

(rolling eyes)

Yeah, we know.

Irked, Nina starts POUNDING the shoes against the floor to

soften the toe.

Her eyes are drawn to a NEW GIRL standing in the doorway.

Nina pauses to scrutinize her. She wears vampy make-up, hair

down. Dark and sexy.

NEW GIRL:

Soloists?

Wary, the girls mumble mmm-hmm’s and nod.

NEW GIRL (CONT’D)

Great.

6.

She slinks past the suspicious group of girls and plops down

at an open spot.

NEW GIRL (CONT’D)

Fucking got off the wrong stop and

had to hoof it from 79th.

Nina exchanges glances with the other girls, taken aback.

The new girl notices the looks, smirks to herself and starts

getting ready.

9 INT. LARGE REHEARSAL SPACE - DAY 9

Nina wears a look of intense concentration as the entire

company warms up, including the pubescent CORPS MEMBERS and a

handful of MALE DANCERS.

LEGS, HANDS, and FEET repeat the same movements all around

her, led by a severe BALLET MISTRESS.

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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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