Natalie Portman Returns To Acting…Sort Of!

natalie portman in staged reading of the apartment

Well, a staged reading is technically acting, right???

Back in August, Natalie Portman was offered her first post-baby role as the lead in a film called Adaline…but she turned it down.

Now, Natalie is returning to the big screen the stage in Jason Reitman’s staged reading of Billy Wilder’s The Apartment, which will take place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Natalie will be taking on the role of Fran Kubelik, who was played by Shirley MacLaine in the classic movie.

Here are the other famous folks who’ll be joining her for the reading:

JK Simmons as Sheldrake (originally Fred MacMurray)
Ken Jeong as Dobisch (originally Ray Walston)
Nick Kroll as Kirkeby (originally David Lewis)
Mindy Kaling as Miss Olsen (originally Edie Adams)
Collette Wolfe as Sylvia (originally Joan Shawlee)
Jake Johnson as Dr. Dreyfuss (originally Jack Kruschen)

Quite the cast! Sounds like Natalie will be in VERY good company for her first project since her baby was born!

…Wonder who they’ll get to play Jack Lemmon’s role….

[Image via WENN.]

Nov 17, 2011 11:00pm PDT

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