Check out a first-look clip for the upcoming biopic Jackie, featuring Natalie Portman as the former First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy.
The clip comes after the recent world premier of Jackie at the Venice Film Festival, where it was met with a positive reception.
I’m not entirely convinced on Portman’s performance yet just going by this short clip, however she is an outstanding talent with a great repertoire of films to her name, so there’s no doubt she will shine in this role.
The film is directed by Pablo Larraín and focuses on the former First Lady in the events that followed JFK’s assassination in 1963.
The official outline for the film is as follows:
With JACKIE, director Pablo Larraín retells this story solely through the eyes of Jacqueline Kennedy, casting Natalie Portman in the lead role. Jackie was as much a public figure as her husband, an outwardly poised partner who was placed under great scrutiny, yet played her role with consummate grace. Structuring his film around Theodore H. White’s LIFE magazine interview with the First Lady, that took place a mere week after the assassination of her beloved husband, Larraín takes us on a journey with the First Lady as she recounts the immediate aftermath of her husband; her return to the White House, arrangements for the President’s funeral, and her time spent accompanying her husband’s coffin to Arlington Cemetery. These sequences complete a moving portrait of a grieving woman — a widow and mother struggling with overwhelming tragedy and attention.
Check out a clip from the film below as well as a first-look image.
The film also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt and Billy Crudup and releases in Australian cinemas nationally in early 2017.