It's being reported today that Matt Damon is close to signing on to play Bobby Kennedy in a new movie about the politician, supposedly based on Evan Thomas' biography, "Robert F. Kennedy: His Life".
It's not a done deal yet, but apparently it's pretty close, with Damon's final decision hinging on the final script (which has yet to be written). Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight is writing said script, which is about the younger brother of JFK who worked so hard to make a name for himself, created his own political career, and ended up being assassinated in 1968. According to the report, Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) will direct.
Robert Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel has already been an inspiration for the big screen. It was the backdrop for Emilio Estevez's 2006 ensemble-cast movie Bobby (which didn't do very well considering its all-star cast), and Chris Columbus is currently developing The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America.
The movie will be another true-to-life character challenge for Damon, who plays South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar in Invictus and starred as Mark Whitacre in The Informant!
If anyone can play the charming and charismatic politician it's Damon. In fact, it's amazing nobody thought of it earlier.