With Fox Searchlight’s big Oscar investment The Birth of a Nation going south, that indie studio’s awards push looks to be gearing up behind Jackie, the introspective biopic about First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during the aftermath of JFK’s assassination.
Debuting to raves at the Toronto Film Festival – particularly for Academy Award-winning star Natalie Portman – Jackie reportedly takes a non-traditional biopic approach, eschewing a straight narrative for something more personal, internal, and meditative. This debut trailer certainly captures that tone, especially in its eerie use of the theme song from the musical “Camelot”.
Jackie also stars Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt, Richard E. Grant, and John Carroll Lynch. It opens in theaters on December 2nd.
Here is the official studio synopsis, and one sheet poster.
- JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.