Natalie Portman to play Jackie Kennedy in upcoming biopic
Black Swan star to reunite with producer Darren Aronofsky for biopic Jackie
Perennially in-demand actress Natalie Portman shows no signs of slowing down. As well as recently signing up to play women's rights campaigner (and the first Jewish female US judge) Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, the 33-year-old Israeli-American is to play the title role in Pablo Larraín's Jackie, produced by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.
The film follows the former first lady over the four day period following the assassination of JFK, as she struggles to come to terms with her husband's murder while wrangling with Lyndon B Johnson over his swift takeover of the US presidency.
In Cannes tomorrow, Portman will premiere her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, a political drama based on the memoir of Amos Oz and his advocacy of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
Portman's other upcoming projects include Rebecca Zlotowski's Planetarium, co-starring Johnny Depp's daughter Lily Rose Depp, and (tentatively) Annihilation, a post-apocalyptic horror adventure from screenwriter turned director Alex Garland. Later this year Portman will reunite on screen with her fellow Star Wars alumnus Ewan McGregor in Gavin O'Connor's Western Jane Got a Gun.