Natalie Portman hits the Heights

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 April 2008

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is set to star in a new big-screen version of 'Wuthering Heights'.

The 'Star Wars' beauty will play Catherine Earnshaw in the movie adaptation of Emily Bronte's 1847 novel after convincing director John Maybury she was perfect for the role.

Maybury had initially wanted a British actress to play Cathy - whose ill-fated relationship with Heathcliff is the basis for the story set on the Yorkshire moors - but decided Portman could carry off the part.

The film's producer Robert Bernstein said: "Natalie is an extraordinary actress and is right for the role."

It was recently revealed Lindsay Lohan and Keira Knightley were also in the running for the part.

Maybury said at the time: "I certainly wouldn't count Keira out but it's whether or not she wants to get back into period costume, because she's been in a few period dramas.

"I don't count Lindsay Lohan out either. I really believe in the girl and she's coming out from the other side of her well-documented problems - she just needs to be treated seriously."

Colin Farrell is one of the favourites to take on the role of Heathcliff.

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