Fox Searchlight is courting their “Black Swan” star and Oscar winner Natalie Portman to play the titular role in Jackie Kennedy biopic “Jackie”, according to Deadline.
Noah Oppenheim wrote the script, which chronicles Kennedy’s life immediately following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky had at one point been attached to direct the film, which had his then-wife Rachel Weisz attached to the role, but had fallen out. Steven Spielberg also showed interest in the project in 2010. Portman’s deal is said to be contingent upon her approval of the director.
After winning the Best Actress Oscar for “Black Swan” in 2011, Portman took some time off to have a baby, but has been back to work, seen earlier this summer filming Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” with Christian Bale. She’ll also star in Malick’s untitled next feature, formerly called “Lawless”, which is now underway in Austin with Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara and is expected to reprise her role as Jane Foster in “Thor: The Dark World”, which is also now filming. Portman will also produce and star in Western “Jane Got a Gun” in early 2013, and recently snagged Michael Fassbender for the male lead.