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Natalie Portman In 'Dare Me': Oscar Winner In Talks For Megan Abbott Adaptation

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Natalie Portman attends the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Audrey Hepburn Children's House on May 4, 2012, in Hackensack, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage) | Getty

Natalie Portman could be headed for a sassy lead role in the freshly announced adaptation of Megan Abbott's popular 2012 novel "Dare Me."

Deadline.com reports that Michael Sucsy, who helmed the Emmy-winning HBO movie "Grey Gardens" and the critically reviled romance "The Vow," will direct. "Dare Me" centers on a high school cheerleading squad whose competitive backstabbing is interrupted when a suicide prompts a police investigation into the team and its coach.

There's no word yet on which character Portman will portray. At 32, she seems a bit old to play one of the teenage cheerleaders, although stranger age disparities have taken place in film (namely, a 34-year-old Stockard Channing playing high school senior Betty Rizzo in "Grease").

Abbott's novel was well received upon its release last July, making its mark on best-of-summer lists found in Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and more. Deadline.com describes the project as "'Heathers' meets 'Fight Club,' with teenager cheerleaders."

For more, head to Deadline.com.

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