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Natalie Portman's Jackie trailer recreates JFK assassination

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A new trailer for Natalie Portman’s Jacqueline Kennedy biopic Jackie has arrived online, offering an extended look at the actress’ heavily-praised, emotionally-charged performance as the former first lady. 

“I’ve grown accustomed to a great divide between what people believe and what I know to be real,” Portman says, as clips of a recreation of John F. Kennedy’s funeral procession flash on screen. “There should be more horses, more soldiers… more crying, more cameras… I’m not the first lady anymore. I lost Jack somewhere. What was real? What was performance?” 

The film, directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, follows Kennedy’s period of grief in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination in 1963. Not only does it chronicle the death of the nation’s 35th president, it carefully examines his widow’s role in crafting a legacy for him (and herself) as she endured an intense period of public and professional scrutiny. 

In addition to Portman, Jackie also stars Peter Sarsgaard as Robert Kennedy, Greta Gerwig as the Kennedy administration’s social secretary, Nancy Tuckerman, Max Casella as former MPAA president (and eventual assistant to Lyndon B. Johnson) Jack Valenti, and John Hurt as a clergyman whom the titular character confides in throughout the film. 

“I wouldn’t consider Jackie a biopic. It’s like a study on somebody’s sensibilities, feelings, and emotions during a specific period of time,” Larraín previously told EW. “The point is to see everything from [Jackie’s] eyes and to understand how she was able to pull a country together to grab the entire country’s grief and pain and put it over her shoulders, walk, push, and expose herself [to] make it possible… it’s about a woman who became the country’s mother.” 

Portman and the film are widely considered to be powerhouse players among a growling pack of frontrunners heading into the Oscar race, as the film held high-profile screenings along the fall festival circuit, including in Venice and Toronto, where the it won prestigious awards in the respective festivals’ screenplay and platform categories. 

Jackie enters limited release on Dec. 2. Watch the film’s new trailer in the video above.