Thursday, 26 November 2015

Greta Gerwig joins Natalie Portman in Jackie Kennedy drama

News arrives via Variety that Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) is joining Natalie Portman (Black Swan) in Jackie Kennedy drama Jackie.

Jackie will chronicle the four days in Kennedy's life after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. Dealing with losing the love of her life while a nation rallies around her in a time of tragedy. Gerwig is aboard to play one of her aides.

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) had been developing the project to star then-partner Rachel Weisz (The Fountain) back in 2010, but it fell into limbo when the pair split. Portman was mooted as the new Jackie back in 2012, but it has taken a few years to come together. Aronofsky remains on board as producer, with Pablo Larraín (No) now calling the shots. While the cast is still not quite together and a domestic distributor remains to be found, Larraín should be starting to shoot the film, which will also star Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead), in the next couple of months.

Gerwig has Rebecca Miller's (The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee) new comedy Maggie's Plan hitting US cinemas next May after a festival run, with Todd Solondz' (Happiness) Wiener-Dog and Mike Mills' (Beginners) 20th Century Woman also awaiting release.

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