Matt Damon as Robert F. Kennedy
Matt Damon is set to play another real life historical character so soon after playing Francois Pienaar in Invictus (Filmstalker review), now he's set to tackle someone with that is a lot more recognisable and known in his home country, the brother of a President, Robert F. Kennedy.
We heard about a Robert F. Kennedy film being directed by Chris Columbus back in 2008, a film based on the book The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America by Thurston Clarke, but this film will see Gary Ross directing and Steven Knight writing.
Gary Ross previously directed Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, but there's nothing that would suggest a project of this stature before, representing Robert F. Kennedy is surely going to be something that's going to gain you ever eye focused on your representation of the famous character.
Steven Knight is known for his writing on Dirty Pretty Things, Amazing Grace and Eastern Promises (Filmstalker review), , and according to the story in Deadline Hollywood Daily has gained some strong praise from the studio for his recent script Pawn Sacrifice which dramatised the chess victory of Bobby Fischer over Boris Spassky.
The film is to look at Robert F. Kennedy's entire life, not just the time during and after his brother's time as the U.S. President. It will look at how he grew up as the younger brother of John all the way through to his assassination in 1968. Now that is ambitious indeed.
Can Matt Damon play the character and make us forget that he's Matt Damon though? It's something he really needs to be able to do in order to play such a famous character, because you want to be thinking of Robert F. Kennedy up there, not Matt Damon playing a role. I wonder if he can, not because of his ability, but because he's so well known.