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Fox Searchlight wants Natalie Portman for the lead in Jackie Kennedy project

Sep. 28, 2012by: Niki Stephens

When Darren Aronofsky was originally planning to helm Fox Searchlight's JACKIE, he had his then wife at the time, Rachel Weisz in mind to play the lead. Then one day, Weisz fell for Daniel Craig and the next thing you know, Aronofsky is getting divorce papers. So when they broke it off, Aronofsky dropped out of the project and Weisz did the same not too long after.

In 2010, Steven Spielberg was flirting with the idea of taking on the role of the film's helmer, and then nothing came of it. Would Spielberg think of taking on the project again if Natalie Portman was involved?

The actress is being courted by Fox Searchlight to play the leading role of Jackie Kennedy. Portman apparently likes the script from Noah Oppenheim, but will only consider taking the job if they get a decent director involved. JACKIE details the events after the assassination of JFK.

What do you think of Portman taking on the role of Jackie Kennedy? Do you like the idea of Weisz more? Who would be a great director?

Source: Deadline

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12:59PM on 09/29/2012

Portman and Aronofsky? That'll never work

[/sarcasm] Natalie Portman's on the top of every casting director's list for one reason: she's one of the best actresses in Hollywood. I'd be down with it, if there was a good director involved.
[/sarcasm] Natalie Portman's on the top of every casting director's list for one reason: she's one of the best actresses in Hollywood. I'd be down with it, if there was a good director involved.
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10:45AM on 09/29/2012
Well, it's a lot better than Lindsey Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor.
Well, it's a lot better than Lindsey Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor.
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3:47AM on 09/29/2012
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12:02AM on 09/29/2012

I like her but no thanks... how about

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio? I think she'd be perfect
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio? I think she'd be perfect
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11:05PM on 09/28/2012
Gemma Arterton would be my actress. Todd Haynes my director.
Gemma Arterton would be my actress. Todd Haynes my director.
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10:45PM on 09/28/2012
Weisz would be better, but Portman is about as surprising as the sun rising in the east. As for the film, I'm not yet that eager to see a Jackie O movie, especially since there are a few around or coming up already. But if it happens, maybe.
Weisz would be better, but Portman is about as surprising as the sun rising in the east. As for the film, I'm not yet that eager to see a Jackie O movie, especially since there are a few around or coming up already. But if it happens, maybe.
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