(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) ? Natalie Portman will star as romantic fiction icon Catherine Earnshaw in a new movie adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic 19th century novel Wuthering Heights. The story is about Catherine and her adopted brother Heathcliff’s passionate and ultimately doomed love for one another. Portman will play the character perhaps most famously played by Merle Oberon in the 1939 screen version, which starred Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff. John Maybury (Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon) is directing. No start date has been set. Portman most recently starred The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana and next stars opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire in Jim Sheridan’s Brothers. (Hollywood Reporter)