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When your script winds up on the infamous annual Black List, it could take some time between that first notice and any actual movement being made for your film's future. In the case of Noah Oppenheim's script Jackie that gap spanned five years, which has culminated in the first photo of the film's star Natalie Portman inhabiting the role. You can see this first look at the long gestating film below.


Jackie chronicles the week in Jaqueline Kennedy's life following her husband's untimely death, and it boasts an impressive roster of cast and crew working on its completion. SlashFilm, in addition to releasing this first photo, also revealed some of Portman's collaborators for the film, and Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, and John Hurt are just part of the acting roster that's destined to impress. Director Pablo Larrain, who was previously tapped to direct a remake of Scarface, is now shepherding this film's currently in-progress production in Paris, and while we don't have a specific release date, we do know that the film is aiming for a festival run sometime next year. The full blown theatrical release is being targeted for sometime in 2017.

Perhaps the best part about Jackie's existence is that it reunites Natalie Portman with her Black Swan director, Darren Aronofsky – albeit his presence on the film is that of a producer, rather than a director. Still, with both Aronofsky and Portman working towards the mutual goal of making this unique biopic, you can't help but feel like the band has gotten back together for a couple more songs the crowd will enjoy. If the both of them saw something in Noah Oppenheim's script they loved, then clearly it's something that deserves a little bit of our attention for the time being.

It should also be mentioned that as far as the look-alike test any actor is submitted to when it comes to playing a historical figure, Portman does manage to strike a very similar chord when it comes to the woman the world fell in love with in the 1960's. While its not a perfect likeness, it's certainly striking enough to be impressive, as you'll see in the comparison below.


Likeness or not, as we learned with this year's Steve Jobs, performance trumps physical appearance every time. While Natalie Portman shares more of a common likeness with her subject than Michael Fassbender did, it's assured that she'll approach her portrayal of America's first lady with the same intensity and professional acumen that she's become known for. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if Portman winds up on the short-list for Oscar contention once Jackie has made its awards qualifying showings during its theatrical release window. For now though, we're impressed with the attention to detail we see in the photo above, and eagerly await any further information we can get our hands on.