February 24th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
Matt Damon attached to RFK biopic
Deadline Hollywood reports that Matt Damon has been tapped to portray Robert F. Kennedy in a new biopic based on the Evan Thomas biography, "Robert Kennedy: His Life."
Damon's rep confirmed to CNN that Damon is attached to the project, and added that it's still in the very early stages of development.
The actor has been riding a wave of critical success as of late with leading roles in two of 2009's notable films, "The Informant!" as well as "Invictus," the latter of which has earned Damon an Oscar nod for best supporting actor.
Do you think he can pull off the role of RFK? And if not Damon, who?
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not that they arent great actors. i am just hoping to see who is coming to stardom from my generation.
Yes we did have a movie called Bobby. But that is only about the day he got shot. Not so much a story about RFK but what was happening with everybody around the hotel the day he was killed.
Matt is a great actor, probably one of the best. He will be awesome as Kennedy!
Didn't we just have a Bobby Kennedy movie???
i think that tiger woods should play him that way it will be more believable when he cheats with monroe
I think he's a wonderful actor and is extremely well matched for the part. I look forward to the film.
Dear Becky – Martin Sheen is 70. Matt Damon is 39. RFK was 42 when he died.
No amount of make-up can make Sheen look 40ish
Martin Sheen? Really? Damon will be really good.
Oh Elizabeth, the avoider of truth. You are an Ostrich.
Why can't Martin Sheen play Bobby? He's more believable than Damon! PLEASE!!! Don't ruin a decent film about Bobby using Damon!
Why can;t Martin Sheen play Bobby!? he's more believable than Damon!
MAAATT DAAAMON (team america) lol
About time they focused on the "other Brother".. I think he was the real brain' s in the family. Love to see Matt Damon bring him back to life!!
Matt could play RFK and do it with style! He is a fine actor!
Absolutely the best guy for the job! and Im sure he can whip out that Boston accent at the drop of a hat! Who doesnt love those boston boys? He was great in the Bourne movies, and since thankfully the public knows very little about his real life,etc. it'll probably be able to buy him as a Kennedy....those stars whose lives are an open book have a hard time convincing me to suspend disbelief!
Damon has the understated swagger an actor would need for this part. The Boston connection would bring an intangible to the role that I think would be hard to find somewhere else.
He's perfect and he's from BOSTON what more do you need.
AFLECK as his brother JOHN gessh give them a break.
Although, it wouldn't be a bad idea. Hell AFLECK could do JFK jr for that matter. I hope they made the movie period.
He would be a natural for this part.....!
Cruise just signed up for Mission Impossible 4....
what's up with the next Bourne movie.
i realize the final books are not in fact written by robert ludlum, but they follow the same story and format.
another thing thats on my mind (probably more relevant): actors that are aging, need to stop playing so many hardcore Action roles. tom cruise has no more mission impossibles, etc.
I find it hard to picture Damon as RFK, but that's why they call it acting.
I guess his portrayal will be less about looking like him and more about evoking the man himself. I've read the Evan Thomas book, so I am looking forward to this.
Debra – Do you enjoy life at all? Unless the movie is a documentary, then it is made for enjoyment and does not have to follow history book text. Its called creative license and without it movies would not be the outlet for most folks they are intended to be.
Matt will be perfect... a very under-rated actor.
If you READ history instead of watching movies then you get the entire picture. Film makers tend to delete or outright lie... examples Cinderella Man, A Few Good Men, Braveheart, Inherit The Wind.
Yep, he was all Kennedy. Matt will be great for that part.
Debra downer – thanks for the info.
I think Matt Damon will do well – love those Boston boys!
Hopefully this won't be the white washed version...Bobby Kennedy did great things but he was also a womanizing, cheater.....in other words, he was not a 2 deminsional hero.....he was a flawed man who accomplished much...like Schindler....he convinced his brother to get on board with the civil rights movement....but he also shared Monroe with his brother...