Natalie Portman will make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz's 2002 autobiographical novel "A Tale of Love and Darkness," about his youth in war-torn Jerusalem in the 1940s and '50s. Per Israeli film officials, Portman has written the screenplay, and will star in the film as the troubled mother of the lead character.
Portman will reportedly head to Israel in October to cast local actors, with a production start planned in Jerusalem for early 2014. No word yet on whether the film will be in Hebrew or English.
Yoram Honig of the Jerusalem Film Fund is providing $400,000 for the project.
Portman has previously directed two short films; the first, "Eva," in 2008, and a segment of the 2009 omnibus, "New York, I Love You."