Natalie Portman to Star as Jacqueline Kennedy in New Film on JFK's Assassination

Jerusalem-born actress will portray America's first lady in days following JFK's assassination, when she was transformed into a tragic heroine for nation and the world.

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Actress Natalie Portman poses for photographers at the 67th Venice Film Festival.
Actress Natalie Portman poses for photographers at the 67th Venice Film Festival. Credit: Reuters

Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman, who recently brought Amos Oz's autobiography "A Tale of Love and Darkness" to the screen, will star as Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie," a movie about Kennedy's life in the days following the 1963 assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, Variety reported Thursday.

The movie will be produced by Darren Aronofsky, who directed Portman in "Black Swan," for which she won the Oscar for best actress.

Portman, 33, who maintains a close connection with Israel and was highly critical recently of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection ("I am very, very upset and disappointed that he was re-elected. I find his racist comments horrific") directed, wrote and stars as Oz's mother Fania in the film made from his autobiography.

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