I suppose it’s not really correct to call Anton Yelchin and Dakota Fanning up-and-comers, seeing as each of them has been in the industry for over a decade. But as they transition into increasingly grown-up roles, it still feels like we’re seeing the emergence of pair of promising young actors. Elizabeth Olsen, on the other hand, is about as fresh-faced as they come. Last year’s Sundance hits Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene were her first real roles, aside from a tiny part in her sisters’ How the West Was Fun way back in 1994.

The three are now in final talks to star in Very Good Girls, from another not-quite newcomer, Naomi Foner. Though Foner’s been working as a writer and producer since the ’70s, the upcoming project will mark her directorial debut. More details after the jump.

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Natalie Portman, A Tale of Love and Darkness

I always thought that Natalie Portman is too smart to be just an actress. I knew that one day she would become a powerful producer and possibly even a director. But who thought that day would come so soon? This morning it was announced that Portman has signed a two-year deal with Participant Productions and is set to make her feature film debut as a DIRECTOR. That’s right, Natalie is going to direct a film based on bestselling memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, by Israeli writer, novelist, journalist, and professor of literature Amos Oz.

The book description reads:

Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this bestselling and critically acclaimed new work by “one of Israel’s most gifted and prolific authors” (Helen Epstein, The Forward) is at once a family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history.

It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide when he was twelve years old. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and its community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.

Naomi Foner (Running on Empty) in talks to adapt the screenplay.

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