EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Weisz Says Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Jackie’ Is ‘Not A Biopic’

A couple of weeks ago it was reported that Rachel Weisz would be re-teaming with “The Fountain” director (also, her real-life husband) Darren Aronofsky on “Jackie,” from TV producer Noah Oppenheim. We learned from the original report that the story would follow Weisz as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

And that’s it. Not a whole lot of detail there. Lucky for us, MTV’s Josh Horowitz spoke with Weisz recently about her upcoming summer release “Agora” and he got her to reveal a few details about the project and how she intends to tackle the challenge of playing such an iconic individual.

“It’s a very beautiful script,” she said. “I think it’s the four or five days after the assassination and how [Jackie] deals with the assassination and the funeral. It’s not a biopic. Its about that short period of time. I’m thrilled at the idea of working with [Aronofsky] again.”

Weisz has certainly played her share of memorable characters. She won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “The Constant Gardener” of course, and she further distinguished herself as a key player in other films, like “Enemy at the Gates,” the “Mummy” series, “Sunshine” and, of course, “The Fountain.” That said, Jackie Kennedy is arguably the biggest figure yet for the actress.

For her part, Weisz is feeling equal parts worry and excitement over the prospect of taking on such a meaty role. It’s “the best way to do any job,” she explained. “Fear is part of it all. I need fear. Fear and excitement.”