Darren Aronofsky Directing Rachel Weisz as Jackie Kennedy
Apparently there's more to this story than we first thought. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Rachel Weisz will be playing the late First Lady Jackie Kennedy in a new project titled simply Jackie that's about the immediate days following President Kennedy's assassination in 1963. You may remember hearing about this recently when it was reported that Steven Spielberg was shopping around this spec script, written by Noah Oppenheim, but Spielberg isn't involved. EW says "that is not correct and Spielberg is not involved in any way." Instead, they say Weisz' husband Darren Aronofsky will direct and produce the film. Whoa!
EW says that Protozoa Pictures (Aronofsky's company) is developing along with Scott Franklin. The project is currently being shopped around to major studios, which makes me wonder if Aronofsky just put his name down as a director to attract interest, not as a sure sign that he will be directing this. The story focuses on the four days between the assassination and his burial, "showing the beloved [Jackie] Kennedy at both her most vulnerable and her most graceful." If the script is good enough to get both Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky involved, it must be incredible. No matter what Aronofsky directs, I'm interested, so I'm excited to see him take a project like this, especially with Wiesz, who I'm sure will deliver a powerful performance.
As we know, Darren is currently in post-production on Black Swan, the crazy ballet thriller starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. It's hard to tell which film will be Aronofsky's next (RoboCop? Serena?) but we'll be sure to keep you updated on all things Aronofsky as well as all things Jackie. Thoughts on this project?