Natalie Portman and her family leave Sydney to jet back to the USA


Natalie Portman and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, have packed up their home in Sydney as they prepare to jet back to LA after spending almost a year in Australia.

The actress, 40, abruptly pulled out of her new movie Days of Abandonment, which was to set be filmed in Sydney, for ‘unforeseen personal reasons’ several weeks ago.

And it seems the family is wasting no time getting back to America, as they were seen bundling their belongings from their Vaucluse property into a limo on Thursday.

Farewell: Natalie Portman, 40, and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, have packed up their home in Sydney as they prepare to jet back to LA after spending almost a year in Australia

Natalie kept a low profile in a navy jumper, grey trackpants and a black sun hat as she walked up and down the steps of her home.

She wore a protective face mask, and carried a tote bag to the car. 

Filmmaker Benjamin, 44, was seen carrying two large hold-all bags which were filled with their belongings.

Ready to roll: Filmmaker Benjamin, 44, was seen carrying two large hold-all bags which were filled with their belongings

Ready to roll: Filmmaker Benjamin, 44, was seen carrying two large hold-all bags which were filled with their belongings

Cancelled: The actress abruptly pulled out of her new movie Days of Abandonment, which was to set be filmed in Sydney, for 'unforeseen personal reasons' several weeks ago

Cancelled: The actress abruptly pulled out of her new movie Days of Abandonment, which was to set be filmed in Sydney, for ‘unforeseen personal reasons’ several weeks ago

Casually clad: Natalie kept a low profile in a navy jumper, grey trackpants and a black sun hat as she walked up and down the steps of her home

Casually clad: Natalie kept a low profile in a navy jumper, grey trackpants and a black sun hat as she walked up and down the steps of her home

He dressed casually in a black T-shirt, sweatpants, an orange cap and a face mask.

Benjamin reappeared minutes later with more of the family’s possessions, including paperwork and a separate bag.

Another man packed an oversized quokka toy into the limousine, which was likely a souvenir for the couple’s two children, son Aleph, nine, and daughter Amalia, four.

It was announced on August 2 that Natalie had quietly pulled out of her new movie just a day before filming was set to commence.

The move effectively put a stop to production on Days of Abandonment, as the project was left without a lead actress.

Change: It was announced on August 2 that Natalie had quietly pulled out of her new movie Days of Abandonment just a day before filming was set to commence

Change: It was announced on August 2 that Natalie had quietly pulled out of her new movie Days of Abandonment just a day before filming was set to commence

Belongings: Benjamin reappeared minutes later with more of the family's possessions, including paperwork and a separate bag

Belongings: Benjamin reappeared minutes later with more of the family’s possessions, including paperwork and a separate bag

‘Due to unforeseen personal reasons, Natalie Portman has stepped down from HBO’s Days of Abandonment prior to the start of filming,’ HBO said in a statement.

‘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.’

Natalie was also set to executive produce the film, based on the best-selling novel by Elena Ferrante.

Cute: Another man packed an oversized quokka toy into the limousine, which was likely a souvenir for the couple's two children, son Aleph, nine, and daughter Amalia, four

Cute: Another man packed an oversized quokka toy into the limousine, which was likely a souvenir for the couple’s two children, son Aleph, nine, and daughter Amalia, four

Comfortable: Benjamin dressed casually in a black T-shirt, sweatpants and orange cap

Comfortable: Benjamin dressed casually in a black T-shirt, sweatpants and orange cap

The film had been in pre-production, and centred around a woman named Tess, who abandoned her own dreams in favour of maintaining a stable home life, only for her husband to walk out on her.

The Federal Government had committed $3.4million to the project as part of its location incentive program, while Communication Minister Paul Fletcher had said he expected the production to generate more than $25million for the local economy.

While it’s not known what ‘personal reasons’ prevented her from going ahead with the film, Natalie has deleted the majority of posts from her Instagram account.

Natalie, her husband and their two children Amalia, four and Aleph, nine, relocated Down Under in September last year ahead of her filming Thor: Love and Thunder in Sydney.

There were even rumours the Israeli-born American actress was looking to make Australia her permanent home, after inspecting properties in Sydney earlier in the year with her husband of nine years, Benjamin.

Daily Mail Australia have reached out to a representative for Natalie Portman for further comment. 

Surprise exit: There were even rumours the Israeli-born American actress was looking to make Australia her permanent home, after inspecting properties in Sydney earlier in the year with her husband of nine years, Benjamin

Surprise exit: There were even rumours the Israeli-born American actress was looking to make Australia her permanent home, after inspecting properties in Sydney earlier in the year with her husband of nine years, Benjamin



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