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Natalie Portman's HBO movie, 'Days of Abandonment,' not going forward

HBO cited "unforeseen personal reasons" for Natalie Portman's

HBO cited "unforeseen personal reasons" for Natalie Portman's departure from the "Days of Abandonment" film project and said the project would not move forward. Credit: Getty Images / Amy Sussman

HBO Films' "The Days of Abandonment," announced to star and be produced by Long Island-raised Natalie Portman, has been abandoned.

"Due to unforeseen personal reasons, Natalie Portman has stepped down from HBO Films' 'Days of Abandonment' prior to the start of filming," HBO said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the production will not move forward. We are very sorry we won't be able to bring this beautiful story to the screen with our talented writer/director and cast. We send our sincere thanks to our cast, producers, and crew for all their passion and hard work."

Based on the bestselling novel by the pseudonymous Elena Ferrante, it was set to be adapted and directed by Maggie Betts, with a cast including Mary-Louise Parker and Rafe Spall.

"Black Swan" Oscar winner Portman, 40, who was raised in Jericho and graduated from Syosset High School, has starred in films including the "Star Wars" series as Padmé/Queen Amidala; "Closer" (2004) and "Jackie" (2016), for which she received additional Academy Award nominations; and the first two "Thor" movies (2011, 2013) as Jane Foster, a role she reprises in the upcoming "Thor: Love and Thunder."

Portman's representative had no comment.

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