Be prepared to see a whole lot of Natalie Portman during the coming awards season.
The 35-year-old actress, who took home an Academy Award for her portrayal as Nina in 2010’s critically-acclaimed “Black Swan”, will likely earn another Oscar nomination for her role as Jacqueline Kennedy in the upcoming Fox Searchlight biopic, “Jackie”.
The official synopsis of “Jackie” is as follows:
“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.”
Considering that many of us are already familiar with Jackie’s story, the new trailer dispenses the usual plot points and dives straight into Portman’s haunting performance. The clip opens with the titular character looking out from a vehicle at the sea of people who had lined up in the streets to attend the president’s funeral procession in 1963.
The scene then cuts to her more joyous moments (dancing with her hubby, John F. Kennedy, at a gala) to her sorrow (when she’s in the shower, washing off her husband’s blood off her body).
A musical number by Richard Harris singing the title song from “Camelot” can be heard over the footage with Portman’s Jackie uttering the infamous lines, “People like to believe in fairy tales. Don’t let it be forgot that for one brief, shining moment, there was Camelot.”
Portman’s portrayal as Jackie is seriously giving us the chills. Talk about goosebumps!
Directed by Pablo Larraín, the film also stars Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Academy Award nominee John Hurt, and Peter Sarsgaard.
“Jackie” will be released in US cinemas on 2nd December 2016.