Natalie Portman Goes To College In A New HBO Miniseries From A ‘Friends’ Co-Creator

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When she’s not too busy corresponding with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, actress Natalie Portman spends her time avoiding talk of the calamity that was Jane Got a Gun and filming Alex Garland’s beautiful Annihilation. That and, as Entertainment Weekly revealed on Friday, starring in a new HBO television miniseries from the co-creators of Friends and Homeland. Yes, that’s right. Portman’s first foray into the treacherous world of “peak TV” will be something from the minds behind Ross’ three engagements/marriages/divorces and Homeland‘s time jumps.

Based on Karen Joy Fowler’s novel “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” the miniseries will feature Portman as Rosemary Cooke. Cooke, it turns out, is “a college student who had a rather unusual childhood which included her ‘twin sister’ disappearing at the age of 5.” Marta Kauffman, of Friends and Grace and Frankie fame, is developing the miniseries for HBO. Homeland‘s Gideon Raff, meanwhile, is executive producing with Kauffman and Portman.

Aside from Portman’s casting, very little is known about the project. If the book’s title rings a bell, however, then you’re probably a huge Orange Is the New Black fan. In the season three episode, “We Can Be Heroes,” Galina “Red” Reznikov (Kate Mulgrew) spends some time reading the book while briefly living out her dream as the prison’s head chef.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)