Natalie in Tel Aviv

Outside of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World promotion, Natalie news has been a little slow. It was reported last week that Natalie is currently in Israel scouting for actors and meeting producers for her A Tale of Love and Darkness project, but Belerofonte has spotted an article at The Times of Israel with some more detailed information.

According to Channel 10 TV show “Good Evening with Guy Pines,” Portman spent the past week with her husband, dancer Benjamin Millepied, and their son, Aleph, at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv. She also met with producers, including Ran Bergman, who recently produced “Looper,” starring Bruce Willis.

Portman will play Oz’s mother in the movie version of the autobiographical novel, which covers Oz’s youth in Jerusalem during the early years of the state. She wrote the screenplay for the film and will also direct. She asked Oz for the rights to the novel six years ago, and he agreed because of his “high esteem for her work,” Oz told Reuters.

Portman received NIS 1.6 million (some $450,000) from the Jerusalem Development Authority to make the movie in the capital, where filming will begin next year.

According to Pines, Portman plans on speaking in Hebrew in the film. Her Hebrew is fairly fluent, thanks to her Israeli father, Avner Hershlag. She was born in Jerusalem, like Oz, but moved to the US with her parents when she was three.