Fox Searchlight has released a new trailer for the buzzworthy biopic Jackie, which stars Natalie Portman as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Directed The Club and No filmmaker Pablo Larraín, the film 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.
I was lucky enough to catch Jackie at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and this trailer is a perfect encapsulation of Larraín’s bold approach to the material. It’s captured in a very ethereal, introspective way rather going for the beat-by-beat formula of a traditional biopic. It sets itself apart by taking an almost uncomfortably intimate approach to Jackie Kennedy, from the story to the crowded, poetic visuals to Mica Levi‘s (Under the Skin) imposing original score.
The film 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. Portman turns in what is quite possibly the best performance of her career, and while this trailer does a great job of selling the film, it knows that Portman owns this movie and it goes a long way towards selling the Academy on the potential Best Actress nominee.
Watch the new Jackie trailer below and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from the Toronto International Film Festival. The film also stars Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt, Richard E. Grant, and John Carroll Lynch. The film opens in theaters on December 2nd.