added: Mon, Nov 14th '16
Could Natalie Portman win her second Best-Actress Oscar for her performance as a grieve-stricken Jacqueline Kennedy trying to exude a strong, dignified public image during the immediate aftermath of her husband's assassination? Well, if the new full-length trailer for "Jackie" is any indication, Portman may have just emerged as an early front-runner.
Portraying the then-34-year-old First Lady, Portman leads an eclectic group of actors that includes Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard (as Robert Kennedy), Greta Gerwig (as Jackie's secretary Nancy Tuckerman), John Carroll Lynch (as Lyndon Johnson), Beth Grant (as Ladybird Johnson), John Hurt, Max Casella (as Jack Valenti), Richard E. Grant, and Danish actor Caspar Phillipson as JFK.
The film, which premiered to mostly positive reviews at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festival in September, takes place in the days following the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy and is told from Jacqueline's point-of-view -- which appears to be presented in a meditative and introspective state of mind.
"Jackie" marks the first English-language film from acclaimed Chilean director Pablo Larrain, who is probably best known in the States for directing the Oscar-nominated '80s-era political drama "No" with Gael Garcia Bernal.
Written by Noah Oppenheim, the film will open in select theaters on December 2.
JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.
directed by Pablo Larrain
starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Carroll Lynch, Beth Grant, Caspar Phillipson, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, Max Casella, Richard E. Grant
release date December 2, 2016