Hot on the heels of her being in talks for the lead role in Alex Garland’s new sci-fi Annihilation, Natalie Portman has just taken the lead role in a new biopic all about former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Variety reports that Portman has taken on the challenging role in the biopic simply entitled Jackie, which rather than being an exploration of her whole life will instead focus on the first four days after her husband John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, telling of “a time when Jackie Kennedy becomes an icon but has lost everything.”
The film is set to be directed by Pablo Larrain, critically acclaimed for his unofficial Chilean trilogy consisting of Tony Manero, Post-Mortem and the Oscar-nominated ‘No’, starring Gael Garcia Bernal. It will also reunite Portman with Darren Aronofsky after their collaboration on Black Swan, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar. It’s said the two were mightily impressed by Larrain’s Berlin Film Festival Jury Grand Prize winner The Club.
Over the years Kennedy has been portrayed by everyone from Rhoda Griffis in the 1992 film Love Field to Kat Steffens in Parkland to Minka Kelly in The Butler. But I’m sure Portman, Aronofsky and Larrain will be hoping that this is the definitive movie about that most notable of times the life of the beloved First Lady.
Jackie will start shooting at the end of this year, likely for a 2016 awards season release.