winona ryder barbara hershey black swan

Months ago we told you that Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were cast as the leads in the Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan, and now we’ve got a few more actors to throw into the mix. They’re all veterans in their own right, and each will add something different to the upcoming thriller. /Film is reporting that Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel have all joined the cast in very distinct roles.

Black Swan is described as a supernatural thriller that takes place in the New York City ballet. The story centers on a veteran ballerina who finds herself locked into a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it’s unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions.

Here are the character descriptions of the new actor’s roles according to the site,

Ryder will play Beth, Nina’s “sorta friend” who has been the school’s running lead in all the productions, but who is nearing the end of her career. All the dancers are aiming to take her place as Odette, the Swan Queen, in the next big ballet: Swan Lake. Cassel will be playing the  ”handsome but sinister Yevna,” the director of the new stage production. And Hershey will play Nina’s mother, a role which was at one point Meryl Streep was rumored to be in talks for (my source says that Streep was never offered the role however).

At the moment distribution hasn’t been set in stone, but sources are saying that Fox Searchlight is nearing a deal to take on the film. This wouldn’t come as a surprise considering that the studio released Aronofsky’s indie hit, The Wrestler just last year.

In all honesty it’s good to see Winona Ryder getting some more work. Remember during the mid and early nineties you couldn’t get rid of her? She was everywhere! She’s had a rough 7 or 8 years, but deserves a shot at redemption. She starred in the eighties classic Lucas, and anyone who starred in that film deserves a second chance. Look what happened with Charlie Sheen and Jeremy Piven.

What do you think of the three actors joining Black Swan?