Natalie Portman eyes directorial debut?

July 24th, 2013

Natalie Portman may make her directorial debut with 'A Tale of Love and Darkness'.

The 'Black Swan' actress will step behind the camera to helm a big screen adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz's autobiographical novel and is expected to scout locations in Israel in September, according to

The Oscar-winning starlet had initially expressed interest in directing the film several years ago and came to an agreement with Oz, who reportedly asked for final approval of the script before a film could be made.

Portman recently submitted a screenplay - on which she collaborated with two screenwriters - to him, and the author has given his blessing for the production to go forward.

The novel describes Oz's childhood living in Jerusalem under the British administration of Palestine. It has sold over a million copies since its release in 2002 and has been adapted in 28 languages around the world.

Portman is set to reprise her role as love interest Jane Foster in Marvel comic book movie, 'Thor: The Dark World', later this year, and is currently filming Western, 'Jane Got a Gun', which she is also producing.