Date: 14th April 2021
Natalie Portman has signed on to lead the cast of the upcoming HBO Films production "The Days of Abandonment".
The movie, which is currently in pre-production, is based on the Elena Ferrante novel of the same name. In the film, when Tess (Portman), a woman who abandoned her own dreams for a stable home life, is in turn abandoned by her husband, her world is thrown off its axis.
Maggie Betts is directing, writing and executive producing the film based on Ferrante’s acclaimed novel, first published in Italian in 2002 and republished in English in 2005.
Ferrante's "The Days of Abandonment" is described as a a visceral, no-holds-barred journey into the mind of a woman in crisis that confronts the norms of motherhood and female identity as Portman’s character traverses the darkest reaches of her own psyche.
The movie is the second high-profile TV project that Portman has signed on to recently. She'll also star with Lupita Nyong'o in an Apple limited series based on Laura Lippman's novel Lady in the Lake. HBO, meanwhile, has renewed My Brilliant Friend, the series based on Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, for a third season.
Portman will executive produce The Days of Abandonment with her MountainA partner, Sophie Mas; writer and director Betts; Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler of Maven Screen Media; former HBO Films head Len Amato of Crash & Salvage; Ferrante; Domenico Procacci of My Brilliant Friend producer Fandango; and Maria Zuckerman.
Source: Press Release