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Natalie Portman to Play Jackie Kennedy and The Many Faces of Jackie O

Natalie Portman just landed the role of another legendary female icon. We recently reported Natalie will be playing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and now The Wrap also reports that she will play Jackie Kennedy in a new biopic!

The film, titled Jackie, will examine the first lady’s life in the four days immediately following President Kennedy’s assassination. Darren Aronofsky, who directed Natalie in her Oscar winning performance in Black Swan is producing the film. Jackie is set to go in production later this year.

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Natalie Portman will play Jackie Kennedy

Portman seems like a solid choice to play Kennedy. She is experienced, talented, and the looks are similar enough. Though many actresses have portrayed JFK’s first lady, the casting for this film is even more pivotal – it’s the first film focusing specifically on Jackie O and not her husband.

The Jackie Kennedys of the Past

Several actresses have also portrayed the fashionable First Lady on film and TV. Let’s go on a little journey down memory lane!

1. Sarah Michelle Gellar portrayed a young Jackie Kennedy in the 1991 mini-series A Woman Named Jackie, and looks absolutely adorable while doing so! Who knew she’d grow up to be Buffy?

Sarah Michelle Gellar as young Jackie Onassis

2. Katie Holmes recently portrayed Jackie in a 2011 mini-series titled The Kennedys, in which Greg Kinnear played JFK. She is set to reprise the role in a follow-up mini-series, The Kennedys: After Camelot. Here she is donning the famous pink ensemble!

Katie Holmes

3. Minka Kelly appeared alongside James Marsden in the 2011 film The Butler as Jackie. Though she didn’t have much dialogue, she certainly looked the part (and she and James Marsden made a strapping Kennedy couple!)

Minka Kelly and James Marsden

4. One casting choice that surprised me was Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie Kennedy! She portrayed the first lady in the 2013 TV movie Killing Kennedy, alongside Rob Lowe. The film, however, focused mostly on Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination plot.

Ginnifer Goodwin

Who Is Your Favorite Jackie?

Who was your favorite actress to portray Jackie Kennedy, and are you excited to see Natalie Portman take on the role? Leave a comment and tell us what you think on The IF List! >>

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