Aside from her stint playing Jane Foster in the last Thor movie, Natalie Portman has been pretty low-key the past few years. But that’s set to change as the actress has signed on to portray Jackie Kennedy.
Reports coming out of the Cannes Film Festival say that the Oscar winning actress will star as the titular Jackie.
The film revolves around the four days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy and shows the impact it had on his wife.
“Jackie talks about the days when Jackie Kennedy becomes an icon but has lost everything,” said Vincent Maraval of French film distribution company Wild Bunch.
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The movie will have Chilean director Pablo Larrain at the helm. The director’s newest film, The Club, won the Grand Jury Prize at The Berlin International Film Festival and prompted Portman to hop on board the Jackie project.
The project will also reunite Portman with her Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, who’s coming in as producer.
It has taken a very long time for project to see the light of day. It was originally conceived to be a project of Aronofsky and then-fiancee Rachel Weisz in 2010. But the end of the relationship also meant the end of the project.
Luckily, Fox Searchlight was able to resurrect it and secure another notable director to lead it.
It’s been a big week for the Star Wars queen. Aside from nabbing the role of Jackie Kennedy, the 33-year-old actress is also set to star as Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Those roles are sure to add to Portman’s already full plate this year. She’s just completed her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness which is being screened at this year’s Cannes.
The new mother also has the movies Jane Got a Gun, Terence Malick’s Weightless and Planetarium in the works.