Darren Aronofsky Directing Rachel Weisz as Jackie Kennedy

April 14, 2010

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?

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  • People's Champ
    Awesome news!!!! But lets see how this unfolds, Aronofsky has alot of projects on the backburner and this may never happen. I really hope this happens. Weisz might get Oscar number 2 with this.
  • Shemah
    I think this is brilliant. I was just thinking the other day, that Rachel Weisz was looking very Jackie O! Love her.. and Aronofsky is equally amazing. So, bring it on! It would be interesting to see who comes on board as the cast too.
  • My mum always used to say Jackie Kennedy was a whore, apart from her sunglasses I don't know much about her, so I can't possibly back up my mothers claims. Would I want to watch a film about her, probably not. I'd rather see a new Robocop or Black Swan, ballet rules!
  • Another WB Exec
    We should buy it. Then, in Post Production we can ruin it by converting it into Crappy Post 3D.
  • TheGuyInThePJs
    I'd personally love see Aronofsky tackle his Noah project next. But honestly I'd watch a movie about wet-paint drying if Darren is directing.
  • Belloc
    @3 - That's funny... calling the wife of a guy, who is most known for his affairs, a whore seems to be a bit odd.
  • Xerxex
    I'll end up seeing it.
  • @6. Yeah it wasn't my opinion it was my mothers, but I never really questioned it. I think marrying a politician you know they are going to screwing around one way or the other, Kennedy was just as corrupt as any other politician, obviously, as he had his head blown off for it.
  • I want ROBOCOP!!!!!!!!!!!
  • TheGuyInThePJs
    #9 Hop over to your local DVD outlet and pick Paul Verhoeven's 1987 classic. But make sure you get the unrated Director's Cut. And steer clear of the sequels (especially the third one. Though I still love you, Fred Dekker) As for Aronofsky's Robocop, I just hope he decides to make Noah, Black Flies, Jackie or something small that won't allow the studio much control. To me, Robocop seems like the complete opposite direction I'd like to see Aronofsky take his career. That doesn't mean I wouldn't be there opening day to see Aronofsky's Robocop. I just don't see the point.
  • Candy Castle
    Off al the projects Darren has lined-up, I'm most looking forward to RoboCop and that heist movie in Brittain. However, this project doesn't sound bad.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    And the nominees for this year's Best Actresss are ...
  • zubzwank
    There have been many screen portrayals of Jackie K-O before. I'm not sure was else there is to say about her. The rumored affair with Bobby? Jackie meets Marilyn? I'm not sure why anyone would call her a whore, except maybe in relation to getting some of Onassis' money. It was the guys in the family who screwed around. Any person so much in the public eye will have opinions, rumors, slander forwarded about him or her. Re: JFK-he was far from perfect, but look at the lineup since then!
  • kazimkaraca
    Thanks I'd personally love see Aronofsky tackle his Noah project next. But honestly I'd watch a movie about wet-paint drying if Darren is directing.




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