Chris Pine To Play Robert Kennedy in RFK Limited Series

Posted 2017/09/06 0 0

Chris Pine is going from James T. Kirk to Robert F. Kennedy.


As reported by Deadline, Chris Pine has signed on to star in an untitled limited series about Robert F. Kennedy for Hulu, with The Good Wife executive producer Todd E. Kessler writing and executive producing.

The untitled drama is based on Larry Tye's 2016 biography Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. For the book, which charts Kennedy's political career from his start as an aide for Sen. Joseph McCarthy to his untimely death in 1968 during his presidential campaign, Tye interviewed those closest to Kennedy, including his widow and his sister, and also drew from unpublished memoirs and unreleased government files.

Pine joins an eclectic list of actors to have played Bobby Kennedy in the past, including names like Martin Sheen, Andrew McCarthy, Jeffrey Donovan, Peter Sarsgaard, and even a very young Casey Affleck. RFK hasn’t been played on-screen quite as many times as his older brother, but the number isn’t quite as far off as one might imagine.

Interestingly enough, another Hollywood A-lister is also set to play RFK in an upcoming film: Matt Damon. Damon discussed the long-gestating biopic in a recent Hollywood Reporter interview, confirming that a script from writer-director Nikolaj Arcel (The Dark Tower) was complete, but that filming had not begun.

“RFK we’ve been working on for a number of years, and Nikolaj Arcel wrote a wonderful script, so we’ll hopefully be making that soon,” Damon said. “I have to get on the treadmill and lose about 30 pounds!”

Pine’s most recent TV gigs include Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and Angie Tribeca; his latest big-screen projects include Wonder Woman, the Star Trek films and the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. The Hulu drama news follows the announcement of Pine’s involvement in One Day She’ll Darken, TNT’s limited series based on 1947’s “Black Dahlia” murder, directed by Wonder Woman helmer Patty Jenkins.