Fox Searchlight has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Natalie Portman-starring Jacqueline Kennedy biopic Jackie, in what marks the first major deal to come out of the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film, directed by Pablo Larrain (Neruda), will be given an awards season-friendly release date of Dec. 9.
Jackie follows the iconic first lady in the days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film first premiered at the Venice Film Festival to strong reviews before making its North American premiere in Toronto.
“Pablo Larraín’s Jackie is a daring, one-of-a-kind cinematic portrayal of a beloved icon,” Fox Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley said in the announcement. “Led by an indelible performance from Natalie Portman and supported by a richly talented ensemble of actors and artists, the film is one we are thrilled to bring to audiences later this year.”
Jackie, from a script by Noah Oppenheim, also stars Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwig. Watch Portman discuss her role in the video above.