Natalie Portman to play twins in new biopic

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 July 2018
Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is in talks to direct and star in a new biopic about identical twin sisters Esther and Pauline Friedman, who feuded for decades as rival advice columnists

Natalie Portman is in talks to direct and star in a new biopic about identical twin sisters Esther and Pauline Friedman.

The Oscar-winning actress is close to agreeing a deal to take control of the project which would see her portray both sisters in the movie.

Esther and Pauline - who were nicknamed Eppie and Popo - were born in Iowa in 1918 and were very close as they grew up, and went on to work together at Morningside College's school newspaper even shared a joint marriage ceremony on their 21st birthday.

However, their relationship soured when Esther - who went on to be known as Eppie Lederer - accepted a position as the Ann Landers advice columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper leading Pauline to start her own column in 1956 entitled Dear Abby - written under the pen name Abigail Van Buren.

That column was syndicated to over 1,200 newspapers and sparked a feud between the two siblings which lasted decades.

After Esther died in 2002 their daughters kept the feud going.

Portman is to direct the film from a script by The Affair's Katie Robbins.

The 37-year-old actress will next be seen in musical drama 'Vox Lux' and then 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan' with Kit Harington.

Vox Lux

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • Directed by: Brady Corbet
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin

Celeste (Portman) is a pop sensation on a comeback tour, who in her early teens survived a school shooting. A tantalising and layered character portrait with game performances from a fine cast; Portman is in her element and Law is perfect as her smoke-blowing manager.

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