‘Jackie’ Trailer: Natalie Portman Channels A First Lady’s Sadness And Strength

Erik Pedersen
Deadline

Question: Did Jackie Kennedy believe in fairy tales? Answer: “I believe that the characters we read about on the page end up being more real than the men who stand beside us.” Here is the first full trailer for Jackie, starring Oscar winner and current awards-season player Natalie Portman as the First Lady of Camelot.

There is plenty of the iconic pink dress and pillbox hat, but there’s also a hard look at just how devastated she was by the 1963 assassination of her husband, POTUS 35 John F. Kennedy. “I’m not the first lady anymore,” she says in a whispery, succinct voice. “I lost Jack somewhere.” From the trailer, it looks less like a biopic and more of a treatise on loss and coping from a grieving widow and mother. Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Richard E. Grant and John Hurt co-star in the film directed by Pablo Larrain from Noah Oppenheim’s script.

Jackie, which started generating buzz at Cannes and went on to win Best Screenplay at Venice and the Platform Prize in Toronto. Fox Searchlight acquired the LD Entertainment picture at Toronto and has set a limited release in the awards-season sweet spot of December 2. Have a look at the trailer above and tell us what you think.

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