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Matt Damon to star in new Robert F. Kennedy biopic?

02.24.2010

Deadline's Mike Fleming says he's gotten word that a deal has closed on a new RFK biopic with Gary Ross (SEABISCUIT, PLEASANTVILLE) directing, Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) on script, and with Matt Damon attached to star as the noted politician and younger brother of President John F. Kennedy.

According to Deadline, the Steven Knight script will be an adaptation of the Evan Thomas biography "His Life", which Ross has been chomping at the bit to make for some time. The film "will trace RFK's transformation from the younger brother in the shadow of President John F Kennedy to a strong national leader in his own right before he was gunned down in 1968."

You might recall that in 2006, Emilio Estevez wrote and directed a large ensemble piece called BOBBY, which focused on the people in and around the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the day RFK was assassinated. That film got mixed reviews and made surprisingly little splash considering the cast (which included a veritable who's who of actors). Will this new film fare better? With a lead like Damon, a popular and bankable star who's still looking for that Oscar gold (and I promise this will be marketed that way unless it turns out to be terrible), I'm betting yes.
Extra Tidbit: Matt Damon sure knows how to make a cameo.
Source: Deadline

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7:13PM on 02/24/2010
Probably the best portrayal I've seen of RFK was Steven Culp in the underrated Thirteen Days. I think Damon would be a great fit for the role.
Probably the best portrayal I've seen of RFK was Steven Culp in the underrated Thirteen Days. I think Damon would be a great fit for the role.
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11:00AM on 02/24/2010

Count me in

Damon sure knows how to pick his roles. True Grit, Contagion, and now this.

Mandingo: To the best of my knowledge, this, JFK, and Bobby are the only Kennedy-related films that I can recall, and the other two weren't even about the Kennedys.
Damon sure knows how to pick his roles. True Grit, Contagion, and now this.

Mandingo: To the best of my knowledge, this, JFK, and Bobby are the only Kennedy-related films that I can recall, and the other two weren't even about the Kennedys.
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10:39AM on 02/24/2010

Another movie about the Kennedys?

I'll pass.
I'll pass.
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11:12AM on 02/24/2010
agree
agree
10:02AM on 02/24/2010

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I was quite fond of Damon's cameo in Che Part 2. A real [link] role.

Also, this could be good even though Damon and Kennedy are both recognizable enough never to be confused for one another (I think).
I was quite fond of Damon's cameo in Che Part 2. A real [link] role.

Also, this could be good even though Damon and Kennedy are both recognizable enough never to be confused for one another (I think).
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