Natalie Portman Prepping Directorial Debut ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’

By Will Ashton

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Having already proven herself as an actress, Academy Award winner Natalie Portman is trying to push her luck on the other side of the camera.

Since 2007, Portman has been trying to get her first feature, an adaptation of the memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz, to the big screen. While numerous things have pushed her back, Oz said that Portman is looking to visit Israel this fall to get ready for shooting early next year.

Oz told Reuters:

“[Portman] read A Tale of Love and Darkness and asked me for the rights to make a film adaptation around five or six years ago. I agreed because of my high esteem for her work. She’s an excellent actor.”

Reuters also said that Oz has been helping with the script, and that Portman hopes to shoot in January after making preparations this September.

Portman has already directed a couple of short films, including one in the film New York, I Love You. She’ll next be seen in this fall’s Thor: The Dark World, and will later be seen in Terrance Malick’s Knights of Cups. She is currently filming a role in Jane Got a Gun, which she is also producing.

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