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First Look: Natalie Portman Stars as Jacqueline Kennedy in ‘Jackie’

LD Entertainment has joined to finance and produce director Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and John Hurt. The first image from the production, showing Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy, has been released.

Darren Aronofsky is producing with his Protozoa Pictures partners Scott Franklin and Ari Handel, along with Fabula Films’ Juan de Dios Larrain and LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell.

“Jackie” follows the movements of Jacqueline Kennedy after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Noah Oppenheim (“Allegiant”) penned the script. Executive producers are LD Entertainment’s Jayne Hong, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe, Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux, Bliss Media’s Wei Han, and Protozoa’ Joshua Stern.

Pablo Larrain and Juan de Dios Larrain’s “The Club” recently garnered a Golden Globe nomination for best motion picture — foreign language, representing Chile. Other credits include the political drama “No,” which received a 2012 Oscar nomination for foreign-language film. “Jackie” is their first English-language feature.

Protozoa, which is headed by Aronofsky, Handel and Franklin, has first-look deals with New Regency to develop films and HBO to develop television. Credits include “Noah,” “Black Swan,” “The Wrestler,” “The Fountain,” “Requiem for a Dream” and “π.”

“Jackie” joins a slate of LD Entertainment’s recent productions that includes Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl; Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Leavey,” starring Kate Mara and Edie Falco; Sean Ellis’ “Anthropoid,” with Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan; and “Risen” with Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton.

Vincent Maraval’s Insiders represents international rights to “Jackie,” with Creative Artists Agency handling the U.S. rights. Bliss Media China will distribute the film in China.

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