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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.

Bye, Australia: 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 Down Under

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

She wore a protective face mask on her visage, and carried a black tote bag to the car.

Her husband Benjamin, 44, was seen carrying two large hold-all carry bags in his hand filled with their belongings.

Ready to roll: Natalie's husband Benjamin Millepied, 44, was seen carrying two large hold-all carry bags in his hand filled with their belongings

Ready to roll: Natalie’s husband Benjamin Millepied, 44, was seen carrying two large hold-all carry bags in his hand filled with their belongings

Cancelled: The actress, who lives in Los Angeles, resigned from her Sydney-based new movie Days of Abandonment over 'unforeseen personal reasons' earlier this month after relocating to Australia almost a year ago

Cancelled: The actress, who lives in Los Angeles, resigned from her Sydney-based new movie Days of Abandonment over ‘unforeseen personal reasons’ earlier this month after relocating to Australia almost a year ago

Casual: Natalie, 40, kept a low profile as she sauntered up and down the steps of her home, wearing a navy jumper, grey jogging bottoms and a black sun hat

Casual: Natalie, 40, kept a low profile as she sauntered up and down the steps of her home, wearing a navy jumper, grey jogging bottoms and a black sun hat

He kept things casual in a black T-shirt, black joggers, an orange cap and a face mask.

He reappeared moments later with more of the family’s items, including paperwork and a separate bag to take to the car.

Another man was pictured packing an oversized Quokka cuddly toy into the limousine, showing the family were taking a little piece of Australian culture with them as they travelled overseas.

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

The move effectively putting a stop to production, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Change: It was announced on Monday, 2 August that Natalie had pulled out from her new movie just a day before filming was set to commence, effectively putting a stop to production, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday

Change: It was announced on Monday, 2 August that Natalie had pulled out from her new movie just a day before filming was set to commence, effectively putting a stop to production, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday

Belongings: Benjamin reappeared moments later with more of the family's belongings, including paperwork and a separate bag to take to the car

Belongings: Benjamin reappeared moments later with more of the family’s belongings, including paperwork and a separate bag to take to the car

‘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.

A taste of Oz: Another man was pictured packing an oversized Quokka cuddly toy into the limousine, showing the family were taking a little piece of Australian culture with them as they travelled overseas

A taste of Oz: Another man was pictured packing an oversized Quokka cuddly toy into the limousine, showing the family were taking a little piece of Australian culture with them as they travelled overseas

Comfortable: Benjamin kept things casual in a black T-shirt, black joggers and an orange cap

Comfortable: Benjamin kept things casual in a black T-shirt, black joggers and an 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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