Among the usual biopics and awards season fare, Jackie has emerged as an intriguing contender — an atypical biopic about one of America’s most famous tragedies, told from the perspective of our most iconic First Lady, and directed by a Chilean filmmaker (who has not one, but two biopics hitting theaters this December). Following its premiere at TIFF in September, Jackie immediately became one of our most anticipated films of this awards season, and this new trailer isn’t making us any less patient for its release.

Our own Erin Whitney reviewed the film from TIFF, which is around the time that Fox Searchlight released the first clip from Jackie — and I’ve been incredibly anxious to see it ever since, not only for Natalie Portman’s surely magnificent performance or Pablo Larrain’s unconventional approach to the usual biopic formula, but because the former First Lady has often been historically relegated to the periphery of her own life as an entire nation claimed the tragedy of John F. Kennedy’s death as its own. That’s a heartbreaking notion, and one that will finally be given its due consideration in Jackie.

(It’s also worth noting that the film’s score was composed by Mica Levi, the brilliant young composer behind the jarring music of Under the Skin — yet another reason to be excited for this film.)

JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman).  JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination.  Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.

Jackie also stars Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and John Hurt, and arrives in theaters on December 2.

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