Natalie Portman Taking On Shirley MacLaine’s Role in The Apartment

Natalie Portman seen wearing her jacket whilst taking a walk in New York city, USA.

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Natalie Portman's first post-baby project: playing Fran Kubelik, the Shirley MacClaine role, in The Apartment for Jason Reitman's staged reading at LACMA. So far, the rest of the cast includes JK Simmons as Sheldrake (originally played by Fred MacMurray), Ken Jeong as Dobisch (originally Ray Walston), Nick Kroll as Kirkeby (originally David Lewis), Mindy Kaling as Miss Olsen (Edie Adams), Collette Wolfe as Sylvia (Joan Shawlee), and Jake Johnson as Dr. Dryfeuss (Jack Kruschen). Time to speculate with slightly more precision about who will play Jack Lemmon's Baxter!