Tom Hanks is producing the film, and will also play the lead of the father in the film, and if Portman comes on board, she will play the daughter of the Chicago-based family who comes to 1933 Berlin. One description of the novel is as follows:
Michel Hazanavicius is perhaps best-known for his "The Artist". His works also include "OSS 117: Lost in Rio" and "The Players".
Portman's last two films are "Thor" and "Your Highness" and she is now in post-production stages for "Knight of Cups".
"In the Garden of Beasts" will be released sometime in 2014.