Natalie Portman to direct and star as identical Jewish twins in Dear Abby-Ann Landers biopic
Portman made her directorial debut in the 2015 film 'A Tale of Love and Darkness,' based on Amos Oz’s novel about his childhood in pre-state Israel.
Natalie Portman has been hired to direct and star in an untitled biopic as Jewish twin sisters Pauline Esther Friedman and Esther Pauline Friedman, authors of the famous Dear Abby and Ask Ann Landers advice columns.
Born in 1918, the sisters were icons who wrote and competed professionally during their careers that lasted their entire lives; they wrote under the pseudonyms Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren. Both of them were known to use straightforward styles in dispensing advice.
Natalie Portman to star in Ann Landers, Dear Abby biopic: Israeli-born actress to portray Jewish twin sisters behind iconic 'Dear Abby' and 'Ask Ann Landers' advice columns. https://t.co/FoDmnv5iGN ArutzSheva pic.twitter.com/uQ8f3dUTs1— Jewish Community (@JComm_NewsFeeds) August 23, 2018
According to Variety, Portman will play both the sisters and direct it as well. The film is produced by Oscar nominee Peter Saraf and Dani Melia of Big Beach Films. Katie Robbins, a producer and staff writer on 'The Affair' wrote the script. There is no start date given for the production.
Portman made her directorial debut in the 2015 film 'A Tale of Love and Darkness,' based on Amos Oz’s novel about his childhood in prestate Israel.
Earlier this year, Portman stirred up a controversy in Israel when she declined to go there to receive the $1 million 2018 Genesis Prize, colloquially known as the “Jewish Nobel.” The actress took to Instagram and issued a statement that she didn't want “to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony.” The star also made clear that she in no way supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.