Natalie Portman has signed on to star as Jackie Kennedy in Jackie, a new biopic from Pablo Larrain, the Chilean director of Oscar-nominee No.
The film will follow the first four days in Jackie Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John. F. Kennedy. Darren Aronofsky, who directed Portman to her Oscar-winning performance in Black Swan, will produce Jackie.
Insiders, Wild Bunch’s newly launched L.A.-based sales company, is handling international sales on Jackie and has been shopping the script to buyers in Cannes. CAA reps U.S. domestic rights.
Juan de Dios Larrain of Chile’s Fabula shingle is producing together with Aronofsky and Scott Franklin at Protozoa Pictures. Production is set to start by the end of the year. It will be Larrain’s next project after Neruda, which shoots in June.
Portman is in Cannes presenting her directorial debut, the Hebrew-language feature A Tale of Love of Darkness, which premieres out of competition on Thursday, May 14.
It’s 8 a.m. in Los Angeles on a late-April morning, and Natalie Portman, 33, is not quite her usual glamorous self.
The past few weeks have been tough for the globe-trotting actress turned style icon turned writer-producer-director. First, she was in London for six days, finishing the sound mix of her new film, an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, which marks her feature directorial debut; then she flew to Los Angeles, where she oversaw the movie’s color-timing. In just a few hours, she’ll head to Beijing for two days of promotional work as a spokesperson for Dior, and after that she’ll be back in L.A. for four days before traveling to Cannes for Darkness’ out of competition debut May 18.
All of which might explain why she seems so guarded about this interview. She sits, ramrod straight, plunking her iPhone in the middle of the table and hitting “record” before she has said a word, as if challenging me to quote her with razor-sharp accuracy — which, I must admit, casts a pall over our conversation.
“Did somebody burn you?” I ask.
“No,” she says. “I just, when I’m talking about delicate issues, I want to make sure that everyone’s accurate, you know.”
This may not be the best way to start, but it does make a point: During the next 79 minutes, Portman is going to be blunt.
Read the entire interview at The Hollywood Reporter
Natalie Portman is in early negotiations to star in Annihilation, a post-apocalyptic horror adventure feature that Alex Garland is directing for Paramount as his follow-up to Ex Machina.
Scott Rudin is producing the project, which is an adaptation of a book by Jeff VanderMeer.
The story follows a biologist, to be played by Portman, as she embarks on a four-person expedition into Area X, a territory cut off from civilization. While there, she must deal with a mysterious contamination, disappearing colleagues, a deadly animal and a being known as the Crawler, all while searching for clues regarding her husband’s disappearance.
Garland wrote the script, adapted from VanderMeer’s book, which hit stores in February 2014 and is the first in a trilogy. Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later and The Beach, has been in high demand lately thanks to the surprise success of Ex Machina.
Paramount had no comment on Portman’s dealmaking.
EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Portman is set to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On The Basis Of Sex, with Marielle Heller (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) in negotiations to direct. Focus Features is in talks to come onboard to finance.
The script, which follows the travails of Ginsburg as she faced numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights throughout her career, was written by Daniel Stiepleman and made the 2014 Black List. Robert W. Cort is producing with Ram Bergman exec producing.
Ginsberg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Clinton, becoming only the second female justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor) and the first Jewish female justice. Prior to that, she developed a reputation as a keen advocate for the advancement of women’s rights. Time magazine this year labeled her an “Icon” in its Time 100.
The classy project is coming together quickly with a hoped-for production start by the end of the year. That would put it ahead of Alex Garland’s sci-fi project Annihilation, for which Portman has been rumored.
This is fast becoming a banner year for the Oscar-winning Portman, who has earned her own reputation for good taste and being meticulous and deliberate in her choice of projects. Her directorial debut A Tale Of Love And Darkness, which she also adapted from Israeli author Amos Oz’s classic memoir, receives its world premiere next week in Official Selection at Cannes. That follows her well-received performance in Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups, which world premiered at Berlin in February.
Also in Portman’s pipelines are Weightless, another Malick collaboration, and Jane Got A Gun. She also produced the latter as well as the upcoming Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.