According to The Hollywood Reporter, Natalie Portman is in negotiations to star in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium for Mandate Pictures.

The film will mark the directorial debut of Zach Helm, who will direct from his own script. Helm recently wrote "Stranger Than Fiction" for Mandate, which goes into production Monday.

Set in a strange and magical toy store, Emporium is a story about growing up and believing in the unbelievable.