Natalie Portman’s “Jackie” has officially found its JFK.
Danish actor Caspar Phillipson has been cast as the famous president, John F. Kennedy, in the biopic centering on his wife, Jackie Kennedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Phillipson has mostly Scandinavian credits to his name.
The actor joins a cast that is set to include Portman, as well as Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and John Hurt. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain is directing (it’s his first English language feature), with a script by Noah Oppenheim which was first seen on the 2010 Black List. The film was first announced at Cannes.
Darren Aronofsky (who previously worked with Portman on “Black Swan”) is producing the film. Originally, Aronofsky was directing the film, and Rachel Weisz was set to star in the lead role.
THR notes that Phillipson may not have much screen time in the film, due to the fact that “Jackie” is supposed to primarily follow the former First Lady in the days immediately after her husband’s assassination in 1963.
Portman has several upcoming projects. Along with “Jackie,” she will appear in “Weightless,” “The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards,” “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” “Planetarium” and “Annihilation.”
She recently appeared in the Terrence Malick film “Knight of Cups” alongside Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett, as well as “A Tale of Love and Darkness” and “Jane Got a Gun.”
Portman won a Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.”
“Jackie” is gunning for a 2017 release date.