Oscar-winner Natalie Portman has a few exciting film projects in the works, including Knight Of Cups which we heard about a couple of months back. We saw pics of Natalie during filming, frolicking on the beach with co-star Christian Bale and I thought that was kind of awesome. But now we’ve got more non-Christian-related movie news for Natalie. It looks like the actress is being sought after for a new biopic on former first lady and American icon, Jackie Kennedy. Now that’s kind of a big deal. Click inside for more!
Complex has the story:
Fox Searchlight is looking at Natalie Portman to portray former First Lady Jackie Kennedy in a new biopic titled Jackie, Deadline is reporting. The film, penned by Noah Oppenheimer, was originally set to star Rachel Weisz and be directed by Black Swan’s Darren Aronofsky, but the project fell through when he and Weisz broke up and subsequently both dropped out of the film.
It’s being rumored that Portman likes the script, but wants to decide after she knows who the director is – and there’s some speculation that Aronofsky could return, but also reports that Steven Spielberg was interested in the script in 2010, so there’s really no telling at this point.
Now, casting news aside, I thought that bit about Darren Aronofsky and Rachel Weisz was really interesting. As you may remember, the two split up back in 2010 and about a month later she was officially dating James Bond actor Daniel Craig, whom she later married. I can see how that would have made for an awkward working environment, but now that Rachel’s out of the project I really, really hope that Aronofsky (who’s currently working on the Noah film) re-joins! I’d be so excited to see what he and Natalie would come up with on this biopic, especially considering their immense success with Black Swan.
As far as Natalie taking on the role, I just can’t imagine her not being able to pull off Jackie O., although Rachel would have been a good choice too. What do y’all think of the casting news? Obviously, it’s not official yet, but would you like to see Natalie Portman take on the role of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis?