This could not be more perfect casting. According to Deadline, Matt Damon — well-spoken Boston native short in stature — has just signed a deal to star as Robert F. Kennedy — well-spoken Boston native short in stature — in a film about the assassinated presidential candidates life. Gary Ross will direct the movie, based on Steven Knight’s (Eastern Promises) script.
The deal, however, is contingent upon the script — Damon won’t sign on unless it’s great, because that’s the Matt Damon way, folks. The movie, based on the Evan Thomas biography His Life, is expected to follow the life of RFK and how it was he managed to rise out of the shadow of his older brother. Spoiler Alert: He dies in the end.
I couldn’t think of a better actor to take the role of RFK, and honestly, it’s a life story that needs Damon, Ross, and Steven Knight. They should handily wash the taste of Emilio Estevez’s Bobby out of our cinematic mouths (a flat celebrity ensemble that nevertheless managed to be slightly effective in the end, if only because the act of watching RFK get assassinated — even in as bad a recreation as Estevez offered up — is stirring).
It’s going to be a hard movie to watch. You’re going to weep buckets. And my guess is that this one will get Damon the Best Actor award that Invictus won’t (that is, if he doesn’t get it for True Grit first).
I also like the dichotomy between Matt Damon as RFK and Matt Damon as this guy: