Natalie Portman's 'Jackie' Biopic Finds Its JFK

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Caspar Phillipson

Danish actor Caspar Phillipson has been cast as the late president in the upcoming film.

He might not be known to many U.S. audiences, but Caspar Phillipson has been cast as one of America's most iconic historical figures.

The Danish actor, whose film and TV career so far has mostly involved Scandinavian titles, including roles in The Bridge and Borgen, is to play John F. Kennedy alongside Natalie Portman in Jackie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The biopic, also starring Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and John Hurt, is being directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (No, El Club) in his first English-language feature from a 2010 Black List screenplay by Noah Oppenheim.

Darren Aronofsky is producing for his Protozoa Pictures banner, with LD Entertainment and Bliss Media having come aboard late last year to finance and produce.

Phillipson's role in the film – which was first announced in Cannes last year – might be brief, however. The film chronicles the first four days in Jackie Kennedy's life after JFK's assassination.