"Spencer" star Kristen Stewart and director Pablo Larraín talk new Princess Diana biopic.
Stewart will star in "Spencer," set in the early 1990s. Director Pablo Larraín calls Stewart "one of the great actors around today."
Natalie Portman is collecting raves for her performance as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie, Pablo Larrain’s unconventional portrait of the former first lady, which focuses on the week immediately following the 1963 assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. It’s a powerhouse turn just about guaranteed to secure a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for Portman, who previously won that prize for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan in 2010 — and who was Larrain’s first and only choice for the role. Portman’s quiet, sorrowful intensity is on full display in a Yahoo Movies exclusive clip from the film (watch it above), dubbed “Happy Birthday.” Though still grieving her spouse’s murder, Portman’s Jackie is nonetheless compelled to celebrate her young son John Jr.’s birthday, which naturally involves the presentation of a candle-decorated cake and a sing-along (and which, for the audience, will inevitably call to mind Marilyn Monroe’s historic sultry serenade for JFK at his 1962 birthday gala).
Chilean director Pablo Larraín has had an exceedingly busy 2016. Yahoo Movies: The Club came out in February, and now, within a span of two weeks, you’ll have both Jackie and Neruda in American theaters.
Jackie, in theaters Dec. 2, tells the story of an American icon, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In turn, the Jackie Kennedy we see on screen, played by Natalie Portman, is telling her own story to the American people, trying to establish the legacy that her late husband, John F. Kennedy, would have wanted. “People like to believe in fairy tales,” she says. “I believe that the characters we read about on the page end up being more real than the men who stand beside us.”