Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that the company has acquired US rights to JACKIE, directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim, from LD Entertainment.
The film stars Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Academy Award nominee John Hurt, and Peter Sarsgaard.
“Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” is a daring, one-of-a-kind cinematic portrayal of a beloved icon. 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,” said a source.
Larraín previously directed the acclaimed film NO, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film on behalf of Chile at the 2013 Academy Awards.
“JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband?s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.”Fox Searchlight Pictures said.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache, and CAA, which also packaged and arranged the film’s financing, and Mickey Liddell on behalf of LD Entertainment. Pablo Larraín and Noah Oppenheim are represented by CAA and Management 360. Natalie Portman is represented by CAA.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.