Oscar winner Natalie Portman is set to star and executive produce HBO Films ' The Days of Abandonment , based on Elena Ferrante's best-selling novel. The film, which is currently in pre-production, hails from writer-director Maggie Betts ( Novitiate ), Portman and her MountainA Films, Maven Screen Media, Len Amato's Crash & Salvage and Fandango. Ferrante also serves as an executive producer. Written and directed by Betts, The Days of Abandonment revolves around Tess, played by Portman. When Tess, 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. Adapted from Ferrante's tour-de-force novel of the same name, The Days of Abandonment is a visceral, no-holds-barred journey into the mind of a woman in crisis that confronts the norms of motherhood and female identity as Tess traverses the darkest reaches of her own psyche. Related Story Natalie Portman And Producing Partner Sophie Mas Sign Apple First-Look TV Deal Betts executive produces with Portman and Sophie Mas via MountainA, along with Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler for Maven Screen Media, Len Amato for Crash & Salvage, Ferrante, Domenico Procacci for Fandango and Maria Zuckerman. HBO… Read full this story
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