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The Days of Abandonment: Rafe Spall to Star Alongside Natalie Portman in HBO Film Based on Elena Ferrante’s Best-Selling Novel

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Actor Rafe Spall, who currently stars in Apple’s comedy series Trying, has joined the cast of the HBO movie The Days of Abandonment. An adaptation of Italian author Elena Ferrante’s 2005 best-selling novel of the same name, the feature film follows Tess, played by Natalie Portman, whose world is upended when her husband abandons her. Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley Join Frances McDormand in Movie Adaptation of Novel ‘Women Talking’.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spall will play the husband, Oliver. Married to Tess for 15 years, he’s a doting father to their young children and a beloved college professor. Charming and attractive, Oliver is an ideal husband. “Novitiate” director Maggie Betts is adapting the novel and will helm the film. We Used To Live Here: Blake Lively To Headline in the Adaptation of Netflix’s Psychological Thriller Film.

Betts is also attached to executive produce the project with Portman, Ferrante, Sophie Mas, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Len Amato, Domenico Procacci and Maria Zuckerman. HBO Films is producing “The Days of Abandonment” in association with Medusa Productions.

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