Nikolaj Arcel to Direct Matt Damon's Robert F. Kennedy Biopic
The 'Dark Tower' director co-wrote the script for the biopic, in which Damon will play Kennedy.
Matt Damon's Robert F. Kennedy biopic has found a director. The Dark Tower's Nikolaj Arcel has signed on to helm Matt Damon's long-gestating RFK film for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Arcel wrote the script for RFK, with Damon on board to play the assassinated presidential candidate, along with Rasmus Heisterberg and Felipe Marino.
Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968, by Sirhan Sirhan as the senator was celebrating his victory in the California and South Dakota primary elections for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president.
The RFK biopic to be helmed by Arcel will be produced by Jennifer Todd, Damon and Drew Vinton through Pearl Street Films.
Production on the pic is set to start early next year. The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in Danish director Arcel's fantasy adaptation of the Stephen King series, is set for a July 28 release.
"A lot of the movie takes takes place in Washington, and there are lots of politically dirty games. But it is also personal with a little brother stepping out of big brother's shadow. At the same time, the film has the epic and historical scope of 'A Royal Affair.'"