Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy in the upcoming biopic "Jackie." Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy in the upcoming biopic "Jackie." Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy in the upcoming biopic "Jackie." (Photo: Courtesy of Pablo Larraín/Why Not Productions)

What does it take to play Jackie Kennedy on the big screen? Natalie Portman knows

Actress is the latest to play the former First Lady-turned-widow-turned-fashion icon.

She was only the First Lady of the United States for nearly three years. But Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis became an American icon whose legacy of style, grace and strength is sure to span centuries.

And so it is only fitting that her story would be adapted, many times over, to the big screen. After all, when Hollywood sees something it likes, it takes it. Onassis' life has been immortalized on film by a total of eight actresses, including Jacqueline Bissette and Katie Holmes, in the last four decades. Now, the public has gotten its first glimpse of the newest A-lister to play one of the most popular First Ladies in American history: Israeli-born, New York-raised Natalie Portman.

Split screen of Natalie Portman playing Jackie Kennedy and the former first lady herselfThe upcoming movie "Jackie" focuses on First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of her husband's death. (Photo: Why Not Productions/Getty Images)

Portman's one of many Israeli actresses who are likely counting 2015 as a banner year. "Fast and Furious" alum and former Miss Israel Gal Gadot is currently filming the first big-screen adaptation of "Wonder Woman," to be released in June 2017. Before that, however, she'll introduce her version of the legendary Amazonian Princess in "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" when it's released in March 2016. Young up-and-comer Odeya Rush, who moved from Israel to Alabama as a child, starred in the much-anticipated "Goosebumps" movie with Jack Black earlier this year. And wildly successful CW series "Jane the Virgin" counts Israeli Yael Grobglas among its ranks, as she's racking up rave reviews for her role as villainess Petra.

Portman's portrayal of Onassis will focus on her life after her husband John F. Kennedy's death, as she struggled with grief in the public eye while raising two children and, eventually, remarrying. While long admired for her elegant sense of style both in clothing and decor (she was, after all, responsible for the restoration of the White House), not many people know that Onassis was also a career woman – in the post-Kennedy years, she worked as a book editor.

Jackie Kennedy at a memorial for her husband John F KennedyJackie Kennedy at a memorial monument for John F. Kennedy in 1965. (Photo: Michael Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

The movie, titled "Jackie" and slated for a 2017 release, is directed by Pablo Larraín and produced by Darren Aronofsky, who also worked with Portman on 2010's "Black Swan."

Much like her beloved character, Portman has drawn wide acclaim for her fashion sense, presenting on the Red Carpet as a classic, poised beauty with charm to match. And speaking of charm, just in case it needed an extra dose of high fashion that wasn't already apparent in the above photos, "Jackie" just began filming this week in Paris.

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman in May 2015 at the Cannes Film Festival with husband Benjamin Millepied. (Photo: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/Getty Images)

It's too soon to say whether, or how, Portman's portrayal of Onassis will differ from the previous eight adaptations, but one thing's for sure – Portman's sure got the look down.

And if you thought Portman would be taking a break after a year of career highs, you'd be wrong. Along with "Jackie," the talented Oscar winner is set to star in action-packed western drama "Jane Got a Gun," with an expected release of January 2016.


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