TIFF 2018: Natalie Portman Vehicle ‘Vox Lux’ Acquired by NEON


Last year, a little studio called NEON made its mark on the Oscar field in a big way. The studio quickly made headway in 2017, grabbing several films that made some noise in the indie sphere. “Colossal” marked the distributor’s debut and put some attention on Anne Hathaway for an underrated role. Other features, like “Beach Rats” and “Ingrid Goes West” continued to build buzz for the new company. However, their true breakthrough came with “I,  Tonya,” which made a late break for the Oscars. Chief among the performances was Allison Janney, who actually took home the Supporting Actress prize. Now, NEON picked up another film with the potential for Oscar glory. Natalie Portman will hope to ride “Vox Lux” back into the race with NEON’s help.

According to Variety, NEON purchased “Vox Lux” at TIFF, and is considering making a play for Oscar with the film. It received some strong reviews, which is always a great starting point. The film could do damage outside of just actress as well. Sia wrote the original songs used in the picture, and Scott Walker scored the film. Jude Law and Stacey Martin also co-star.

“Vox Lux” follows Celeste, played by both Portman and Raeffey Cassidy, during and after a school shooting. When she sings a song at the service for her fellow classmates, she becomes an instant star. The film spans from 1999 to 2017 and offers commentary and satire on American society in the process. Director Brady Corbet returns to the directing chair after “The Childhood of a Leader,” helping to build his reputation. With NEON, courting auteurs is a wise move. With “Vox Lux” they will likely to gain some independent and art house credit, even if it falls short of Oscar.

What do you think of “Vox Lux” going to NEON? Can Portman find room in the lead actress category? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!