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Natalie Portman and Legion creator Noah Hawley take on a wild true story

Hawley’s directorial debut is loosely based on the story of astronaut Lisa Nowak

In his feature film directorial debut, Legion creator Noah Hawley is taking on one of the strangest true stories of all time.

In 2007, astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested and charged with the attempted kidnapping of Colleen Shipman, with whom her lover, astronaut William Oefelein, had been romantically involved. The case became infamous because, in order to do so, Nowak had driven 900 miles from Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida to confront Shipman, and reportedly used adult diapers so she wouldn’t have to stop on the way.

Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky is loosely based on these very events, with Natalie Portman (sporting another huge accent post-Jackie and Vox Lux) starring as Nowak proxy Lucy Cola, and Jon Hamm as her lover, Mark Goodwin. After returning from a long mission in space, Lucy finds readjusting to life on Earth difficult, with the realization that Goodwin has become entangled with another woman making things more difficult for her to keep things stable.

Legion’s Dan Stevens also stars as Lucy’s husband, with Zazie Beetz, Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, and Tig Notaro filling out the supporting cast.

The film is set to hit theaters Oct. 4, though it will make its world premiere a little earlier at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11.

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