Natalie Portman's latest movie, The Days of Abandonment, has shut down production after the Oscar-winner stepped away from the project due to "unforeseen personal reasons".

HBO has ended production on the TV movie, which was based on the novel My Brilliant Friend by author Elena Ferrante, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a statement, a representative for HBO said: "Due to unforeseen personal reasons, Natalie Portman has stepped down from HBO Films' Days of Abandonment prior to the start of filming. 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."

The Days of Abandonment tells the story of Tess, a woman who gives up her own dreams for her family and is in turn abandoned by her husband, throwing her world off its axis.

Portman was set to star and exec produce the movie. The cast included Rafe Spall (Trying) as Tess' husband and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) as a mysterious woman who becomes involved in Tess's life after their marriage ends.

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