Taking a quick look back at the career of Natalie Portman, it’s rather remarkable the breadth of work she’s already accomplished. The actress has appeared in everything from indie hits (“Garden State“) to raunchy comedies (the underrated “Your Highness“), dabbled in mainstream rom-coms (“No Strings Attached“) and Marvel movies (“Thor“), worked with auteurs like Wes Anderson and Terrence Malick, and, oh yeah, took home an Oscar for “Black Swan.” And that’s not to mention she’s got her directorial debut “A Tale Of Love And Darkness” set to open this month. And now, she’s going to give Peak TV a whirl.
Portman has signed up to star in and executive produce the miniseries “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” at HBO. The project is based on the book by Karen Joy Fowler and follows the Cooke family, and young Rosemary, whose life was forever changed at the age of six. Here’s the synopsis:
Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”
Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance.
While no director has been named just yet, Christopher Monger (“Temple Grandin,” “The Englishman Who Went UpA Hill But Came Down a Mountain“) is penning the script. And this is definitely a project we hope doesn’t get lost in the development process. [Deadline]