The film 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, directed by Pablo Larraín. It chronicles the hours and days in the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Jackie struggles through her grief and works to solidify her husband’s legacy in a presidency cut short.
In April 2010, it was announced that Rachel Weisz would star in the titular role, with Darren Aronofsky set to direct and produce the film from Oppenheim’s script. However, both Weisz and Aronofsky dropped out after their split. In May 2015, Portman was confirmed to star in the film. That same month, Larraín was hired to direct the film with Aronofsky working as a producer.
It is a terrific meditation on grief and legacy as we see Kennedy struggling to solidify her husband’s legacy while also coming to grips with his abrupt and violent death. And even that brief 104-second clip left little doubt as to why Portman is all but a lock to receive an Oscar nomination – just watch the trailer.
“I DIDN’T SEE ANYBODY ELSE PLAYING JACKIE. IT WAS A COMBINATION OF ELEGANCE, SOPHISTICATION, INTELLIGENCE, AND FRAGILITY. BEAUTY AND SADNESS CAN BE SOMETHING VERY POWERFUL IN OUR CULTURE.” -DIRECTOR PABLO LARRAÍN.
The film opens in theaters on December 2nd.