Natalie Portman to Star as Jacqueline Kennedy in New Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

Natalie Portman Jackie Kennedy Movie
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Insiders sells international, CAA domestic, Pablo Larrain directs hot ticket Jackie Kennedy story

Natalie Portman will star as Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie,” about the first four days in Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John. F. Kennedy, when she lost the love of her life, but won the love of a nation. Darren Aronofsky will produce, while Pablo Larrain (“No”) directs.

Wild Bunch’s newly launched L.A.-based sales company Insiders is selling international on what is sure to be one of the hottest tickets at this year’s Cannes. CAA reps U.S. domestic rights.

Juan de Dios Larrain of Chile’s Fabula produces with Aronofsky and his partner Scott Franklin at Protozoa Pictures. “Jackie” goes into production at the end of 2015.

“’Jackie’ talks about the days when Jackie Kennedy becomes an icon but has lost everything,” said Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, who is overseeing Insiders.

Aronofsky, who was president of the Berlin festival jury this year, was highly impressed with Larrain’s Berlinale competition entry “The Club,” which went on to win the fest’s grand jury prize. Portman caught “The Club” in Paris and loved it.

“It’s the ‘Black Swan’ team reunited for Pablo Larrain,” Maraval said.

Larrain will direct “Jackie” right after completing the Funny Balloons-sold “Neruda,” which rolls in June.

Insiders will rep movies budgeted at $15 million and above. “The bottom line is that the films will still reflect our taste. Insiders will still bring European soft money to reduce risk,” he added, saying that Insiders’ Hollywood base is because “most equity people we have talked to are based out of L.A.”

“Jackie” joins a fast emerging Insiders first market slate that includes Jeff Nichols’ 1960s-set mixed race couple drama “Loving”; Sean Penn’s “Flag Day,” starring Dylan Penn; and “Sicario” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s mystery thriller “Wind River,” with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen.

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  1. Camila says:

    So proud of Pablo Larraín!

  2. I hope the writers don’t leave out Jackie’s beloved older stepbrother Yusha Auchincloss. He was one of the only persons Jackie kept repeatedly calling once she arrived back in Washington. In fact, it was at the spot in Arlington Cemetary, where Yusha took Jackie to when they were kids, that JFK was buried. Hugh D. Yusha Auchincloss was a pivotal person throughout Jackie’s life and was at her bedside when she died. If the producers and writers of “Jackie” ignore this crucial relationship in the movie it will be a huge flaw in the plot and a great disappointment for historians. Do your research screen writers!

  3. Sophie P. says:

    Why couldn’t they get someone more appropriate to play Jackie O? She was such an American icon! Watching Natalie Portman is mostly painful. She is so wrong for this role, on every level! IMO, Natalie Portman is an utter bore and phony. I looooooove Jackie O, but I’m sorry to say this film version is one I will certainly be skipping.

  4. Katie h says:

    I feel this could be another grace of Monaco or Diana movie mess.

    • Ken / Toronto says:

      Not necessarily. Pablo Larrain is an extremely talented, confident filmmaker…and “NO” was a brilliant movie. The Jackie biopic could be most compelling.

  5. dasha says:

    she is stunning!!!! :):)):)

    P.s. Kate Upton for Marilyn! :D:D Best casting idea ever! #urwelcome :) x

  6. Larry says:

    Interesting casting; a toweringly arrogant bigot playing a narcissistic, egomaniacal Paris Hilton. This is clearly one to avoid.

  7. Adam says:

    Grew up privileged, virtually wooden figure with no real charisma, but really pretty and stylish. Yep, a role built for Natelie to play. Look for tons of shots with crying jags and deer in head light look that Natelie has perfected, and a huge campaign with Aronofsky claiming Natie wore pearls and pillbox hats for a whole year to prepare for the role.

  8. ShowBizNsider says:

    It would be nice if the article mentioned who wrote the script.

  9. Princess says:

    An other Grace of Monaco

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