May 30, 2009 / 5:59 AM / 10 years ago

Natalie Portman signs on for comedy "Your Highness"

Actress Natalie Portman arrives at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Natalie Portman is joining Danny McBride and James Franco in the fantasy comedy “Your Highness.”

Written by Ben Best and McBride, the Universal Pictures project centers on an arrogant, lazy prince (McBride) who must complete a quest to save his father’s kingdom. Joining him on the quest is McBride’s more heroic brother, played by Franco.

Portman will play McBride’s love interest, a warrior princess.

Director David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express,” “All the Real Girls”) is shooting the film this summer in Northern Ireland.

Portman is working on “Hesher,” an indie drama that marks her inauguration as a producer. She next stars with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire in the drama “Brothers,” a remake of Susanne Bier’s Danish film.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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