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Rachel Weisz Has Grace; You Need Grace to Play Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy Rachel Weisz

Last night while I was editing this week’s Lost Club video blog, I was watching a bit of Seinfeld. The episode I happened to have on was the infamous “Baby Shower” episode, in which Elaine (Julia Louis Dreyfus) throws a baby shower in Jerry’s apartment. One of the sub-stories is that Elaine becomes obsessed with her pregnant friend’s connection to the Kennedys, even after being indignant about the whole thing early at the coffee shop. “What is with the obsession with the Kennedys?” she asked. It’s a fair question — but one that doesn’t take a lot of work to answer. The Kennedys are a bonafide American institution. They’ve been (famously) helping run our country for decades. That, and the family gave birth to perhaps one of the most iconic presidents of the last century. That President, John F. Kennedy, was a great man. And behind every great man is a great woman. That great woman, Jackie, is the subject of a new biopic that’s been floating around Hollywood. That biopic — that hot spec script — has now found a home.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the Noah Oppenheim script Jackie — previously rumored to be set up as a TV project for Steven Spielberg — has now fallen into the hands of Darren Aronofsky. The director and producing partner Scott Franklin intend to shop the script around to studios and try to get it off the ground. It might not be too hard, as Aronofsky has already enlisted Oscar-winner (and all-around classy lady) Rachel Weisz to play the titular character.

The story is said to be about the immediate days following the assassination of President Kennedy. At the time, Jackie was 34 years old, making Weisz more than age-appropriate for the role. More importantly, she’s got grace. You can’t play Jackie Kennedy without grace. Without knowing more about the story, it’s hard to say where Aronofsky may or may not be right for the project. However, he’s accomplished step one — casting your lead. From there, the rest shouldn’t be too hard.

What do you think about Rachel Weisz playing Jackie Kennedy?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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