Natalie Portman Jackie biopic to get Oscar season release

2016-09-15 05:00

Toronto — The Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, has been acquired by Fox Searchlight, which plans to push the film directly into the Oscar season.

Searchlight announced the acquisition early Tuesday shortly after the Pablo Larrain-directed film played at the Toronto International Film Festival. Though the market has been quiet in Toronto, Jackie has been the most hotly pursued film since its Venice Film Festival debut last week.

Fox Searchlight will release the movie 9 December. Fox's specialty division is an awards season veteran whose other fall release, Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, has seen its Oscar hopes badly damaged by a rape accusation from Parker's past. (Read more here)

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula called the film "a daring, one-of-a-kind cinematic portrayal of a beloved icon."

Watch a clip of the movie here:

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