The long-in-the-works drama about Jackie Kennedy is heating back up again. The project, titled Jackie, was previously set to be directed by Darren Aronofsky with his then-wife Rachel Weisz poised to star as the First Lady, but both dropped out following their divorce. Now Deadline reports that Fox Searchlight is courting Natalie Portman to take on the role. The story, written by Noah Oppenheim, takes place in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, so the role is quite a tall order for any actress to tackle.
Portman is said to be keen on the script, but her participation depends on the director. Aronofsky directed Portman to a Best Actress Oscar with Black Swan so it’s feasible that he could possibly come back to the project. A few years ago it attracted the interest of Steven Spielberg, so it’s safe to assume that a talented filmmaker will sign on sooner or later. Portman is next set to star opposite Michael Fassbender in the incredibly promising western Jane Got a Gun, from We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay.
The 2010 Black List has been announced. For those who don’t know, the Black List is a list of the best “unproduced” screenplays in Hollywood. I put “unproduced” in quotations because some of these screenplays are in various stages of production. For instance, College Republicans (formerly Young Republicans) has Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano circling the project while Safe House has Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds on board. J.C. Chandor’s script (which he also directed) Margin Call is the furthest along of the Top 10 as it’s already set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Hit the jump to check out the 2010 Black List Top Ten.
Rachel Weisz will play Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the biopic Jackie which will be directed by Weisz’ husband Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler). I wonder if Aronofsky wakes up every morning and high-fives himself for being an awesomely skilled writer-director and being married to the sexy and talented Weisz. If not, he should.
According to EW, the script by Noah Oppenheim centers on the former first lady during the four days between JFK’s assassination his burial at Arlington National Cemetery, “showing the beloved Jackie at both her most vulnerable and her most graceful.” The project had been rumored as a Steven Spielberg-produced telefilm for HBO, but Spielberg is not involved with the project at this point. Jackie would be the second collaboration between Weisz and Aronofsky after his 2006 masterpiece The Fountain.
Hit the jump for another photo of Weisz-hotness. Sadly, there is no known photo of Aronofsky high-fiving himself.
We have all seen a number of films made about President John F. Kennedy and his assassination, but as big of a figure as he was, he managed to have an equal in his late wife, Jackie. Now, the LA Times is reporting that Steven Spielberg is shopping around a script entitled Jackie that will combine the two, although fashion and superstardom are likely to be left out. Noah Oppenheim, who holds many titles including head of development at Reveille, journalist, author, and a former producer for the Today Show, wrote the script that follows Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ perspective in the days following her husband’s assassination. Although Spielberg is just on board as a producer at this point, he is attracting a familiar buyer.
According to the article, HBO is at the head of the line to purchase the script and they would likely turn it into a film for the network. Spielberg has a long history with HBO, and recently launched the WWII series The Pacific, serving as an executive producer.