u’ve already heard the early rave reviews and Oscar speculationabout Natalie Portman’s “riveting” performance as Jackie Kennedy in the upcoming biopic from Pablo Larraín. But now, with the first trailer available on Wednesday, mass audiences can finally see what all of the buzz is about.
Even after the high expectations set by those initial critical reactions from the Venice and Toronto film festivals, the stunning first Jackie trailer does not disappoint. Portman is pictured channeling the country’s most iconic grieving widow in the days following her husband’s assassination, summoning the First Lady’s classic look and nailing her breathy delivery in what might be the most moving rendering of Jackie Kennedy in cinema.
During an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, Larrain told us that he would not have made the movie with anyone other than Portman. “It was a combination of elegance, sophistication, intelligence, and fragility,” the filmmaker said of the Oscar-winning actress’s singular ability to play the title character. “Beauty and sadness can be something very powerful in our culture.”
Portman also told Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smithwhat she discovered about Kennedy through her exhaustive research.
“I mean, I always had this icon respect, like, ‘Oh, she’s so elegant,’” Portman explained. “But not this sort of interior respect of the inner strength it took to be that composed to the world, as a sort of gift to the world, because she understood how symbolic her reactions to all of these events would be while she was obviously crumbling inside.”
“She was a real scholar of history—just curious about history, and obsessively read history—and understood how important it is who writes the history,” Portman continued. “And she knew it was up to her to define her husband’s legacy because he could no longer do that, and it had to be done quickly because there were dozens of other people ready to jump in and publish the first book about him, and she needed to be there to control it—and she did brilliantly.”
Jackie opens in limited theaters on December 2.